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Publication, Part of

Healthcare Workforce Statistics, September 2016, Provisional Experimental

Official statistics, Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Primary Care Organisations, GP practices, Dental practices, Pharmacies and clinics, Regions
Date Range:
30 Sep 2015 to 30 Sep 2016



This is an overview document covering the Healthcare workforce as at September 2016 and refers to numbers of staff in three areas:

  • Those directly employed by the NHS in Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS)
  • GPs and their staff 
  • Those working in the Independent Sector.

Please note, there are several other NHS workforce reports published on the same day as this one, these include;

  • Two GP publications, one showing detailed information for September 2016, the other relates to high level information for December 2016.
  • Several reports covering HCHS staff in NHS, including the monthly NHS HCHS workforce (with additional quarterly information), staff earnings and sickness absence. 

Links to these and other related publications are available below.

We welcome feedback on any of our publications. Please contact us with your comments and suggestions, clearly stating NHS Workforce as the subject heading, via 0300 303 5678.




As at 30 September 2016 there were 1,195,928 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff working for the NHS, an increase of 25,957 (2.2 per cent) since September 2015, of these:


i. 1,070,262 FTE staff were working for the NHS Hospital and Community Health Services in England, an increase 23,158 (2.2 per cent) since September 2015. This covers staff working in NHS Trusts and CCGs, Central Bodies and Support Organisations to NHS.


ii. 125,666 FTE staff were working in General Practice, 2,799 (2.3 per cent) more than in September 2015.


The figures presented for the Independent Sector have reduced from 43,648 to 40,803 FTE from September 2015 to September 2016. Despite an increase in the total number of organisations submitting data, this decrease is primarily due to improvements in data quality.


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