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NHS Workforce Statistics - October 2020

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NHS Workforce Statistics - October 2020


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

This data is 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 (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.

Changes to the publication, described in the November 2020 (August 2020 data) edition, have been implemented in this report for January 2021 (October 2020 data onwards). Two of these changes are related to improvements in processing and data quality routines that will feed through into the data presented. An additional resource is also published ahead of current timescales, featuring data relating to the main headline staff groups and the Nurses staff group.

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

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

1,163,947 FTE in October 2020. This is 4.1% (46,015) more than in October 2019.

1,312,538 Headcount in October 2020. This is 3.8% (48,135) more than in October 2019.

Professionally qualified clinical staff*

make up over half (53.2%) of the HCHS workforce (619,773 FTE) in October 2020. This is 4.1% (24,524) more than in October 2019.

690,436 Headcount in October 2020. This is 3.9% (25,693) more than in October 2019. 



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

Last edited: 24 May 2021 9:21 am