This report covers staff based in NHS hospital and community health services, NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups. It presents workforce information which is already in the public domain at NHS Workforce Statistics.
The purpose of this report is to provide clear and accessible information about the MHLD workforce. It includes interactive breakdowns by staff group and allows users to investigate trends in the MHLD workforce over time. This analysis does not cover independent sector healthcare providers, primary care or social care providers, or staff in NHS central and support organisations.
The visualisations in this report show four ways in which the MHLD workforce can be counted:
- By the type of organisation that staff work for.
- By the specialty or care setting in which staff work.
- By the primary area of work that staff work in.
- By combining these three groups to produce the widest possible view of mental health staff.
NHS Digital has consulted experts to develop a preferred way of measuring the MHLD workforce, and this work is now complete. NHS Digital has now released analysis utilising this new and more precise way to count the MHLD workforce, in the December 2018 release of NHS Workforce Statistics.
The new measure is based on those individuals who directly provide or support the provision of mental health services and not on the organisation they are employed by. The difference between the new definition and the widest possible definition (method four) is that the new definition does not count staff in mental health trusts that do not provide, or support the provision of, mental health services.
In this report, staff are counted as full time equivalent (FTE). A person working full-time has an FTE of one and someone working part-time will have an FTE lower than one, dependent on contracted hours.