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Publication, Part of

NHS Workforce Statistics - December 2018 (Including supplementary information on Mental Health workforce)

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Ambulance Trusts, Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Hospital and Community Health Services, Hospital Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, NHS Trusts, Regions
Date Range:
30 Sep 2009 to 31 Dec 2018


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 the frequency of future reports.

In this quarter’s publication an additional table showing the extra detail available from the Tertiary Area of Work field in ESR is included for Trusts and CCGs, together with a document looking at the latest way of defining the Mental Health workforce and a .csv file to allow users to explore a time series of that workforce.

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 (first published on 26 July 2016 looking at the data for March 2016) which include statistics on staff in Trusts and CCGs and information for NHS Support Organisations and Central Bodies.

The quarterly analysis will be published each; September (showing June statistics) December (showing September statistics) March (showing December statistics) June (showing March statistics).

Due to their size CSV data are only available for each respective month however data from September 2009 to March 2016 are all available within the March 2016 web page. This is accessible from the 'previous versions of the publication' link within the 'Related Links' section below.

Additional healthcare workforce data relating to GPs and Independent Sector workforce are also available; links to this data are available below.

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 or 0300 303 5678

Key Facts

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 practice staff.


Related Links

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