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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 July 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Social Services: Vacancies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what most recent estimate he has made of social worker vacancy rates for each local authority in England.
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Answered by: Helen Whately
Answered on: 16 July 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 June 2020
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children with Education Health Care Plans (a) were attending primary school in the latest period for which data is available before reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes were reopened and (b) are attending primary school presently.
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Answered by: Vicky Ford
Answered on: 11 June 2020

The latest data on the attendance of children with an education, health and care (EHC) plan in educational establishments since 23 March was published on Tuesday 9 June and covers data up to Thursday 4 June. The data is available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings.

The data is collected from individual education establishments and the published figures include estimates for non-response.

An estimate of the number of children with EHC plans who have a parent designated as a critical worker has not been made.

Grouped Questions: 55841
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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 June 2020
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of children with Education, Health and Care plans who have a parent designated as a key worker.
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Answered by: Vicky Ford
Answered on: 11 June 2020

The latest data on the attendance of children with an education, health and care (EHC) plan in educational establishments since 23 March was published on Tuesday 9 June and covers data up to Thursday 4 June. The data is available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings.

The data is collected from individual education establishments and the published figures include estimates for non-response.

An estimate of the number of children with EHC plans who have a parent designated as a critical worker has not been made.

Grouped Questions: 55840
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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 05 June 2020
Ministry of Justice
Coroners: Perinatal Mortality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on enabling coroners to investigate stillbirths; and when he plans to publish the outcome of the public consultation entitled, Consultation on coronial investigations of stillbirths, that closed in June 2019.
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Answered by: Alex Chalk
Answered on: 10 June 2020

The Lord Chancellor advised in the House of Commons on 9 June that the Government is working to publish our report later this summer. I will be happy to meet you with my colleague at the Department of Health and Social Care to update you on progress with this work.

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Visitors: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance has been issued to local authorities on the redeployment of health visitors during the covid-19 outbreak; and whether Public Heath England has taken steps to (a) scrutinise and (b) challenge local decisions on redeployment.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 04 May 2020
Holding answer received on 27 April 2020

The ‘COVID-19 Prioritisation within Community Health Services’ guidance was published on 19 March and provides advice to National Health Service organisations and to local authorities on the provision of community services at this time.

Decisions regarding redeployment of staff during COVID-19 are for health organisations and local authorities.

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Visitors: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the (a) number of health visitors redeployed from their roles during the covid-19 outbreak, (b) proportion of qualified health visitors that have been redeployed in each area and (c) size of the caseloads held by health visitors following the redeployment of their colleagues.
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Answered by: Helen Whately
Answered on: 30 April 2020
Holding answer received on 27 April 2020

The department does not hold the data requested.

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Visitors: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many local areas in England have less than 60 per cent of the pre-covid-19 number of health visitors available to work their normal roles.
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Answered by: Helen Whately
Answered on: 30 April 2020
Holding answer received on 27 April 2020

The department does not hold the data requested.

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to provide support to (a) health visiting, (b) children’s services, (c) CAMHS and (d) perinatal mental health services for the potential increase in demand for services as a result of (i) missed appointments, (ii) the development of additional needs, (iii) the potential increase in births as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.
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Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 28 April 2020
Holding answer received on 27 April 2020

On 18 April, the Government announced a further £1.6 billion to be made available to provide essential services and support to those who need it most.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working with local government to modify and prioritise community health services. This has been compiled in line with clinical advice, with community health services prioritising service delivery so that the most urgent needs continue to be met. Health visiting services are continuing to deliver the healthy child programme predominantly via virtual methods, with health visitors encouraged to identify children that require a home visit.

Mental health services are working around the clock to support people with mental health issues through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Providers are seeking to maximise the use of digital and virtual channels to keep supporting existing and new service users.

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 January 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Children: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which NHS hospital trusts do not currently have a designated doctor for child deaths in post.
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Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 29 January 2020
Holding answer received on 27 January 2020

The Department does not hold the information requested.

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 January 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Children in Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which hospital trusts do not have a designated doctor for looked-after children.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 29 January 2020
Holding answer received on 27 January 2020

The information requested is not held centrally.

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 January 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Re-employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) psychiatrists and (b) trained mental health nurses have rejoined the NHS in each of the last two years.
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Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 27 January 2020

The Department does not hold the information requested.

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Perinatal Mortality: Registration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on the review of the registration of pre-24 week stillbirths as legislated in the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 07 January 2020

Work on the Pregnancy Loss Review is ongoing and we expect to publish a report in 2020.

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Screening: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of children receive their two to two-and-a-half year check from health visitors as part of the Health Child Programme; and what steps he is taking to extend the coverage of that programme.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 07 January 2020

The Healthy Child Programme is a universal offer for all children in England. The latest data, for the financial year 2018/19, shows that 77.6% (521,528) of children aged two to two-and-a-half years received their Universal Health Visitor Review. These data are available to view at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/child-and-maternal-health-statistics#health-visitor-service-delivery-metrics

Local authorities commission and monitor the provision of the Healthy Child Programme based on local population needs.

Public Health England is undertaking a systematic review and refresh of the Healthy Child Programme in England. The refresh will ensure that the future approach is both universal in reach and personalised in response to those families needing extra support. It is proposed that the programme will extend coverage from the pre-conception period until age 24 years.

The five mandated Universal Health Visitor Reviews (antenatal, new birth visit, six to eight week review, one-year review and two to two-and-a half year review) will remain a core element of the Healthy Child Programme.

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