Workforce information is provided for staff directly employed in a range of Independent Healthcare Provider (IHP) organisations in England as at 30 September and 31 March from 30 September 2015. The information provided for the IHP Workforce does not represent the entire workforce employed across the whole of this sector and does not only show the staff providing NHS commissioned services.
Following a formal representation from the Independent Healthcare Provider Network (IHPN), NHS Digital decided to pause the request for workforce information from IHPs as at 31 March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As many IHPs were entirely focused on supporting the NHS in response to COVID-19, it was not the right time to be adding the extra burden of this data collection.
The collection resumed for data as at 30 September 2020 which can be found as part of the latest publication in the series; however, the decision was taken to pause the collection of data as at 31 March 2021, again due to the COVID-19 response including the vaccination programme. It is anticipated that the collection will resume for data as at September 2021.