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Publication, Part of

NHS Workforce Statistics - February 2020

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 29 Feb 2020


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.

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 their staff.


Image for infographic Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)
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.

Image for infographic All NHS Hospital & Community Health Service (HCHS) staff
All NHS Hospital & Community Health Service (HCHS) staff

1,134,824 FTE in February 2020. This is 3.9% (42,622) more than in February 2019.

Image for infographic Professionally qualified clinical staff*
Professionally qualified clinical staff*

make up over half of the HCHS workforce (53.1% (602,501) FTE) in February 2020.  This is 2.7% (16,092) more than in February 2019.


Related Links

Last edited: 20 May 2020 1:00 pm