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Healthcare Workforce Statistics, September 2017, 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 2017


This is an overview document covering the Healthcare workforce as at September 2017 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.

Links to related workforce information are available below, these include;

The latest GP publications, one showing detailed information for September 2017, the other relates to provisional high level information for December 2017.
Plus the latest reports on monthly NHS HCHS workforce, NHS sickness absence, NHS staff earnings and NHS vacancy statistics.

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 303 567


As at 30 September 2017 there were 1.21 million full time equivalent (FTE) staff working for the NHS, an increase of 17,900 (1.5 per cent) since September 2016, of these:

  • 1.09 million FTE staff were working for the NHS Hospital and Community Health Services in England, an increase of 18,400 (1.7 per cent) since September 2016. This covers staff working in NHS Trusts and CCGs, Central Bodies and Support Organisations to NHS.
  • 125,000 FTE staff were working in General Practice.
  • The figures presented for the Independent Sector have increased from 40,800 to 46,800 FTE from September 2016 to September 2017. There has also been an increase in the total number of organisations submitting data.



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Last edited: 20 December 2021 4:48 pm