HC Deb 12 April 2002 vol 383 c667W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there were for speech and language therapists in each English primary care group trust at the latest date for which figures are available. [43027]

Mr. Hutton

Between 1997 and 2001 the number of speech and language therapists employed in the NHS increased by 810 (17 per cent).

At 31 September 2000 only one of the seventeen Primary Care Trusts (South Peterborough PCT) then existing employed speech and language therapists. The national vacancy rate and information for South Peterborough Primary Care Trust is in the table below.

Department of Health Vacancies Survey, March 2001
Vacancies by Primary Care Trusts for Qualified speech and language therapists 3 month vacancy rates2 numbers1 and staff in post2
whole-time equivalent
Organisation code Organisation Name 3 month vacancy rates 3 month vacancies staff in post
England 4.7 per cent 200 4,070
4LA06 South Peterborough PCT 0.0 per cent 0 15


1. Three month vacancies are vacancies as at 31 March 2001 which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (whole time equivalents)

2. Three month vacancy rates are three month vacancies expressed as a percentage of three month vacancies plus staff in post from the September 2000 non-medical workforce census (whole time equivalent)

3. At 3 September 2000 Non-medical workforce census, 17 PCTs were in existence, of which only one, 4LA06, had Speech Language Therapy staff. As SIP figures from the census are required for the calculation of vacancy rates, no rates are available for the PCTs formed on 1 October 2000.

4. Data will be available from the March 2002 Vacancy survey in July 2002.

5. Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten

6. Percentages rounded to one decimal place


Department of Health Vacancies Survey, March 2001

Department of Health Non Medical Workforce Census

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