Report shows change in NHS workforce over time

29 March 2017: The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE)3 staff working for the NHS in England has increased by 2.2 per cent (26,000) since 2015, NHS Digital figures released today show.

The report, Healthcare Workforce Statistics England, September 2016, Provisional Experimental, shows that at 30 September, 2016, there were 1.20 million FTE staff working for the NHS in England, compared to 1.17 million at the same point in 2015.

This snapshot comprises Hospital and Community Health Service staff working in NHS Trusts, CCGs4, NHS support organisations, and central bodies in England, along with staff working in General Practice. Of these staff the number of professionally qualified clinical staff6 was 612,000 FTE, an increase of 1.6 per cent (9,460) since 2015.

Today's figures also show that at 30 September, 2016, for staff working for NHS Trusts and CCGs7,8 there were 1.04 million staff compared to 1.01 million at the same point in 2015. Of these staff:

• There were 51,600 FTE hospital doctors in training9, an increase of 0.5 per cent (267) since 2015.
• Consultant numbers stood at 44,300 FTE, an increase of 3.3 per cent (1,430) since 2015.
• Nurses and health visitors, excluding GP practice nurses, stood at 284,000 FTE, an increase of 1.0 per cent (2,810) since 2015.
• There were 21,000 FTE midwives, an increase of 0.5 per cent (104) since 2015.
• There were 309,000 FTE staff who provide support to clinical staff10, an increase of 3.2 per cent (9,700) since 2015.
• NHS infrastructure support staff11 stood at 162,000 FTE, an increase of 2.3 per cent (3,640) on 2015. Of this group:
• Managers stood at 21,000 FTE, an increase of 3.4 per cent (696) on 2015.
• Senior managers stood at 9,610 FTE, an increase of 3.7 per cent (347) on 2015.

Today's publication also reports on all staff providing services in General Practice, at the time of the collection.

These data have, in the last two years, been collected directly from GP practices; previously they were collected from census collections. This development has increased the accuracy of the data, but the change means that it is only possible to compare the overall number of GPs from 2015 to 2016.12

Figures on General Practice, at 30 September, 2016, show:

• There were 34,500 FTE GPs, a decrease of 0.3 per cent (96) on September 2015.
• There were 15,800 FTE nurses in GP practices, an increase of 2.8 per cent (429) on September 2015.
• GP Direct Patient Care and admin staff numbers stood at 75,300 FTE, an increase of 3.4 per cent (2,470) on September 2015.

Figures on some of the independent sector healthcare workforce providing NHS-commissioned services are also included in today's report.

The total number of FTE staff working in the independent healthcare workforce at 30 September 2016 was 40,800, based on those organisations that provided data to NHS Digital or whose data could be extracted from the ESR.5

A table providing nationality data for the independent sector is included in this report for the first time.

More recent data for the NHS workforce has also been published today, which relates to December 2016, and includes experimental statistics on bank staff13, published for the first time.

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Source: NHS Digital