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NHS Workforce Statistics - February 2022 (Including selected provisional statistics for March 2022)

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NHS Workforce Statistics - February 2022 (Including selected provisional statistics for March 2022)


This report shows monthly numbers of NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) staff working in NHS Trusts and CCGs in England (excluding primary care staff). Data are available as headcount and full-time equivalents and for all months from 30 September 2009 onwards.

These data are an accurate summary of the validated data extracted from the NHS HR and Payroll system. Additional statistics on staff in NHS Trusts and CCGs and information for NHS Support Organisations and Central Bodies are published each:

September (showing June statistics)

December/January (showing September statistics)

March (showing December statistics)

June (showing March statistics)

Quarterly NHS Staff Earnings and monthly NHS Staff Sickness Absence reports and data relating to the General Practice workforce and the Independent Healthcare Provider workforce are also available via the Related Links below.

Following feedback from data users, there will be a change to the HCHS doctor grades of 'Associate Specialist' and 'Specialty Doctor' in relevant tables in this publication series. Two new specialty doctor and specialist grades were introduced in April 2021 and both were reported in NHS Digital tables within the 'Specialty Doctor' grade. One of these new grades for specialist is more appropriately classified within the 'Associate Specialist' category in NHS Digital data tables. Therefore, from March 2022 these will be included within the 'Associate Specialist' category and removed from 'Specialty Doctor'. The March 2022 data in the Provisional statistics file in this publication reflects this new approach, and the time series for data back to April 2021 will be revised for these two categories in the full March 2022 publication, released in June 2022.

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.

Key Facts

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

1,223,836 FTE in February 2022. This is 2.9% (34,491) more than in February 2021.

1,374,405 Headcount in February 2022. This is 2.6% (34,998) more than in February 2021.

Professionally qualified clinical staff*

Professionally qualified clinical staff make up over half (52.9%) of the FTE HCHS workforce.

646,907 FTE in February 2022. This is 3.2% (20,263) more than in February 2021.


718,244 Headcount in February 2022. This is 3.0% (20,902) more than in February 2021.


* This group includes all HCHS doctors, qualified nurses and health visitors, midwives, qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff and qualified ambulance staff.

March 2022 Provisional Statistics

This February 2022 publication includes a Provisional release of a section of the monthly NHS Workforce Statistics publication for March 2022. This contains headline counts at national level of NHS staff numbers for the main staff groups and a detailed view of the Nurses staff group.

Last edited: 26 May 2022 9:05 am