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General Ophthalmic services workforce statistics 31 December 2018 [NS]
7 Mar 2019
Regional health body, Regions, NHS Health Boards
31 Dec 2008 to 31 Dec 2018
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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• 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.