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NHS Workforce Statistics - September 2020

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NHS Workforce Statistics - September 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.

In last month's publication we described some upcoming changes intended to be implemented in data published from January 2021 onwards. Two of these changes are related to improvements in processing and data quality routines that will feed through into the data presented. We also described a change to an additional resource we will be making available ahead of current timescales, featuring data relating to the main headline staff groups and the Nurses staff group.

After seeking feedback on these proposals, we can confirm all the above will be implemented in data published on 28 January 2021.

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.

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

1,164,729 FTE in September 2020. This is 4.5% (50,256) more than in September 2019.

1,313,765 Headcount in September 2020. This is 4.2% (53,012) more than in September 2019.

Professionally qualified clinical staff*

make up over half (53.1%) of the HCHS workforce (618,858 FTE) in September 2020. This is 4.6% (27,146) more than in September 2019.

689,743 Headcount in September 2020. This is 4.3% (28,607) more than in September 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: 1 June 2021 9:18 am