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Publication, Part of

NHS Workforce Statistics - April 2020

Official statistics


Publication changes: Please read the section on 'Notes on changes to publications' within the PDF report as this highlights changes to data currently published and potentially future reports.

This report shows monthly numbers of NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) staff groups working in Trusts and CCGs in England (excluding primary care staff). Data is available as headcount and full-time equivalents.

This data is an accurate summary of the validated data extracted from the NHS's HR and Payroll system. In addition to the regular monthly reports there are a series of quarterly reports which include statistics on staff in Trusts and CCGs and information for NHS Support Organisations and Central Bodies.

The quarterly analysis is published each September (June data), December (September data), March (December data) and June (March data).

Additional healthcare workforce data relating to GPs and the Independent Healthcare Provider workforce are also available via the Related Links below.

This publication of April 2020 data features a supplementary file which shows trends in HCHS workforce data observed during the NHS response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We welcome feedback on the methodology and tables within this publication. Please email us with your comments and suggestions, clearly stating Monthly HCHS Workforce as the subject heading, via [email protected] or 0300 303 5678

This is the latest publication of a monthly series of the Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics using data from the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

The figures do not include data for GPs and their staff.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

is a standardised measure of the workload of an employed person and allows for the total workforce workload to be expressed in an equivalent number of full-time staff. 1.0 FTE equates to full-time work of 37.5 hours per week, an FTE of 0.5 would equate to 18.75 hours per week.

All NHS Hospital & Community Health Service (HCHS) staff - April 2019 to April 2020

1,153,512 FTE in April 2020. This is 5.3% (57,769) more than in April 2019.

1,302,632 Headcount in April 2020.  This is 4.9% (61,306) more than in April 2019.

All NHS Hospital & Community Health Service (HCHS) staff - March 2020 to April 2020

FTE rose by 11,655 between March and April 2020, compared to a rise of 2,105 between March and April 2019.

Of the 11,655 increase over this period, 7,795 were in the Support to doctors, nurses & midwives staff group with a further 1,137 in the Foundation Doctor Year 1 staff group.

Professionally qualified clinical staff*

make up over half (52.8%) of the HCHS workforce (608,749 FTE) in April 2020.  This is 4.8% (27,698) more than in April 2019.     * This group includes all HCHS doctors, qualified nurses and health visitors, midwives, qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff and qualified ambulance staff

678,981 Headcount in April 2020. This is 4.5% (29,136) more than in April 2019.

Last edited: 22 July 2020 9:53 am