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Healthcare Workforce Statistics - March 2019, Experimental

Official statistics, Experimental statistics


This is an overview document covering the Healthcare Workforce as at March 2019 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 the Independent Healthcare Provider Workforce report.

We are now reviewing the content, format and purpose of this publication and welcome your feedback. In particular we are considering whether it would be useful to provide something more like a data hub to help guide users around the workforce publications including interactive visualisations rather than continuing with the current publication. Please email us with your comments and suggestions, clearly stating Healthcare Workforce Statistics as the subject heading, via

  • As at 31 March 2019 there were 1,259,783 full time equivalent (FTE) staff working for the NHS, an increase of 30,258 (2.5 per cent) since March 2018.

Of these:

  • 1,128,552 FTE staff were working for NHS Hospital and Community Health Services in England, an increase of 27,623 (2.5 per cent) since March 2018. This covers staff working in NHS Trusts and CCGs, Central Bodies and Support Organisations.
  • 131,231 FTE staff were working in General Practice, an increase of 2,636 (2.0 per cent) since March 2018.


  • In addition, there were 49,641 FTE staff working for Independent Healthcare Providers in March 2019, based on those organisations that provided data to NHS Digital or whose data could be extracted from the ESR.

Last edited: 10 October 2019 4:14 pm