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Healthcare Workforce Statistics - March 2018 [PAS]

Official statistics, Experimental statistics


This is an overview document covering the Healthcare workforce as at March 2018 and refers to numbers of staff in three areas:

i) Those directly employed by the NHS in Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS)

ii) GPs and their staff

iii) A proportion of the staff working in Independent Healthcare Providers (see key facts below).

More information on all of these areas are available within the accompanying documents and also via the 'Related Links' section below. This includes a link to a new Independent Healthcare Provider Workforce report.

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Key Facts

• As at 31 March 2018 there were 1,227,375 full time equivalent (FTE) staff working for the NHS, an increase of 19,791 (1.6 per cent) since March 2017.

Of these:

1,100,929 FTE staff were working for NHS Hospital and Community Health Services in England, an increase of 18,251 (1.7 per cent) since March 2017. This covers staff working in NHS Trusts and CCGs, Central Bodies and Support Organisations.

126,446 FTE staff were working in General Practice, an increase of 1,540 (1.2 per cent) since March 2017.

• In addition, there were 46,364 FTE staff working for Independent Healthcare Providers in March 2018, based on those organisations that provided data to NHS Digital or whose data could be extracted from the ESR.

Last edited: 10 October 2019 4:10 pm