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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Personal Health Budgets
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients are currently in receipt of an NHS personal health budget; and what was the total cost of that scheme for each of the last three years for which figures are available.
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Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 June 2018

28,040 individuals were in receipt of a personal health budget as of 2017-18 Q4.

In terms of the total cost of personal health budgets for each of the last three years, these figures are not held centrally, as it is clinical commissioning groups who have the duty to commission and deliver personal health budgets.

Personal health budgets use existing National Health Service money that would already have been spent on an individual, in a different way that meets the individual’s identified health needs. Evidence suggests that at worst, personal health budgets are cost-neutral, whilst demonstrating an ability to improve outcomes and enhance quality of life.

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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Negligence
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to the NHS of litigated clinical negligence claims in each of the last four years for which figures are available.
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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 29 January 2018
Department for Education
Middle East: Curriculum
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many secondary schools in England and Wales include Middle Eastern studies in their curriculum.
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Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Information regarding the number of secondary schools in England that teach Middle Eastern studies is not held centrally. Information about the curriculum in Wales is held by the Welsh Government.

The government agrees that it is important that education supports the understanding of other cultures and beliefs and promotes greater tolerance.

The statutory citizenship curriculum at key stage 3 includes teaching pupils about diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities and the need for mutual respect and understanding. Religious education is a mandatory subject for all state funded schools, which aims to develop understanding and knowledge of religions, while promoting respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

The department publishes GCSE subject content which sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills common to all GCSE specifications in a given subject. It provides the framework within which exam boards create the detail of their specifications. The GCSE subject content for history and geography include scope for studying wider world settings, and the national curriculum is flexible enough to allow for teaching of Middle Eastern history, although this is not a compulsory requirement.

Grouped Questions: HL5181 | HL5182
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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 29 January 2018
Department for Education
Middle East: Curriculum
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the case for increased understanding of disturbances in the Middle East, what action they are taking to promote the teaching of Middle Eastern studies in schools.
A
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Information regarding the number of secondary schools in England that teach Middle Eastern studies is not held centrally. Information about the curriculum in Wales is held by the Welsh Government.

The government agrees that it is important that education supports the understanding of other cultures and beliefs and promotes greater tolerance.

The statutory citizenship curriculum at key stage 3 includes teaching pupils about diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities and the need for mutual respect and understanding. Religious education is a mandatory subject for all state funded schools, which aims to develop understanding and knowledge of religions, while promoting respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

The department publishes GCSE subject content which sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills common to all GCSE specifications in a given subject. It provides the framework within which exam boards create the detail of their specifications. The GCSE subject content for history and geography include scope for studying wider world settings, and the national curriculum is flexible enough to allow for teaching of Middle Eastern history, although this is not a compulsory requirement.

Grouped Questions: HL5180 | HL5182
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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 29 January 2018
Department for Education
Middle East: Curriculum
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to encourage schools and examining boards to pay greater attention to the teaching of Middle East studies as a means to reduce the potential for inter-racial tensions in the UK.
A
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Information regarding the number of secondary schools in England that teach Middle Eastern studies is not held centrally. Information about the curriculum in Wales is held by the Welsh Government.

The government agrees that it is important that education supports the understanding of other cultures and beliefs and promotes greater tolerance.

The statutory citizenship curriculum at key stage 3 includes teaching pupils about diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities and the need for mutual respect and understanding. Religious education is a mandatory subject for all state funded schools, which aims to develop understanding and knowledge of religions, while promoting respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

The department publishes GCSE subject content which sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills common to all GCSE specifications in a given subject. It provides the framework within which exam boards create the detail of their specifications. The GCSE subject content for history and geography include scope for studying wider world settings, and the national curriculum is flexible enough to allow for teaching of Middle Eastern history, although this is not a compulsory requirement.

Grouped Questions: HL5180 | HL5181
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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Health Professions: Recruitment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the recruitment of nurses and midwives in the next three years.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 18 December 2017

To meet the growing need to increase the future supply of registered nurses, additional clinical placement funding was announced by the Department in August and October 2017. This enables around 5,000 more nursing students to enter training each year to 2020-21, representing a 25% increase compared to 2016-17.

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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Dental Health: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of childhood dental decay in (1) those regions where the water supply is fluoridated, and (2) those where it is not.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

Public Health England’s Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 compared a range of dental and non-dental health indicators in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.

The report concluded that, when deprivation and ethnicity were taken into account, five year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 28% less likely to have tooth decay than those in non-fluoridated areas, and 12 year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 21% less likely to have had tooth decay in permanent teeth than children living in non-fluoridated areas. A copy of Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 is attached.

Water fluoridation (PDF Document, 1.5 MB)
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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Health Professions: Vacancies
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current vacancy rate for nurses and midwives in the UK.
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Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

Management information data collected by NHS Improvement estimates that as at September 2017, around 36,000 registered nursing and midwifery posts are not filled by a substantive member of staff - 33,000 of these are covered by bank and agency staff. This is management information data that continues to be developed.

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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Health Professions: Migrant Workers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate a reduction in the number of nurses and midwives from EU countries coming to the UK after Brexit; if so, by how much; and what assessment they have made of the impact on the NHS of any such reduction.
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Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

The Government hugely values the contribution of all the European Union staff working across the National Health Service and social care, including nurses and midwives. The Government is committed to ensuring a clear pathway to permanent residency for these EU citizens.

The Department continues to monitor and analyse overall staffing levels across the NHS and social care, and we are working across Government to ensure there will continue to be sufficient staff to deliver the high quality services on which patients rely following the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU.

We are also working hard to improve our domestic supply of nurses and midwives. This year there are more nurses on our wards than last year and numbers will continue to increase in future because of a 25% increase in training places, the introduction of new routes into the profession through the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship, and an increase in the number of nurse associates.

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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Health Professions: Migrant Workers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of nurses and midwives from other EU countries who have returned to their country of origin in the last two years.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

The information requested is not collected by the Department.

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Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 29 November 2017
Home Office
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to follow the United States and designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation.
Answered on: 08 December 2017

Whilst we keep the list of proscribed groups under review, we do not routinely comment on whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription.

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