National statistics on nursing care are published today in the Statistical Bulletin 'Community Care Statistics 2000 Private Nursing Homes, Hospitals and Clinics, England'.
This publication contains information on the number of independent sector nursing homes, private hospitals and clinics, the registered and occupied beds within these establishments and staffing levels. The figures are based on statistical data supplied by health authority registration and inspection units, information is presented at the national level as well as by health authority.
- At 31 March 2000, there were 5,880 private nursing homes, hospitals and clinics, a fall of almost 4% compared with 1999. The number of homes is at a similar level to 1995/96.
- Excluding private hospitals and clinics, the number of nursing homes fell by 4% with the same percentage fall in registered beds (amounting to a fall of around 8,100 beds).
- In 1999/2000 there were an estimated 153,800 occupied beds in private nursing homes, hospitals and clinics giving an overall occupancy rate of 80%. This rate did vary by type of accommodation with rates respectively of 80%, 84%, 61% for general nursing homes, mental nursing homes, private hospitals and clinics.
- In 1999/2000 there were an estimated 186,900 staff working in private nursing homes, hospitals and clinics (this equates to 140,800 whole time equivalent staff).
- There were an estimated 51,200 whole time equivalent qualified nursing staff working in homes, of which 69% were registered general nurses.
1. Copies of the bulletin 'Community Care Statistics 2000 Private Nursing homes, Hospitals and clinics, England' (ISBN 1 84182 350 3) are available on the DoH website.
Figures on the number of nursing homes, private hospitals and clinics were published in November 2000 in 'Community Care Statistics 2000 Residential Personal Social Services for Adults, England'.
Since then a further return has been received from a health authority and additional data quality checks carried out. As a result, some of the figures in this publication may differ from those in the earlier statistical bulletin.
Care should be taken when interpreting trends as a different method of estimating occupied beds and nursing staff was used for 1999/2000 than for the previous years. Revised figures for 1998/99 will be available through the Internet at a later date.
This bulletin contains the second set of information from a new collection (RH(N) forms) for numbers of homes, registered beds and occupied beds and details of nursing staff.