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General Ophthalmic services workforce statistics 31 December 2018 [NS]

National statistics

National Statistics


This report shows the number of ophthalmic practitioners (Optometrists and Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners) who were authorised, by NHS England regions in England and Local Health Boards (LHB) in Wales, to carry out NHS funded sight tests as at 31 December each year.

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Key Facts

• In England there were 13,686 ophthalmic practitioners, 45.1 per cent (6,176) were male and 54.9 per cent (7,510) were female. The 2008 breakdown was 51.2 per cent male and 48.8 per cent female practitioners.

• In Wales there were 875 ophthalmic practitioners, 45.8 per cent (401) were male and 54.2 per cent (474) were female. The 2008 breakdown was 54.5 per cent male and 45.5 per cent female practitioners.

Last edited: 10 October 2019 3:18 pm