28 February 2018
*Regional information is available for this report.
*All figures are in Full Time Equivalent. Headcount information is also available.
*NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures.
The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE)3 staff working in the NHS in England has increased by 1.5 per cent (17,900) since 2016, according to figures released by NHS Digital today.
At 30 September 2017, there were 1.21 million FTE staff working for the NHS in England, compared to 1.20 million at the same point in 2016.
The report, Healthcare Workforce Statistics - September 2017, Experimental, combines workforce information for Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) staff (those working in NHS Trusts, mental health trusts, CCGs4, NHS support organisations and central bodies in England), and the General Practice workforce. Both of which are published separately, but are provided here together in a biannual report to form an overall view.
Workforce numbers for the independent sector are also included in the report.5
Today's figures show that at 30 September 2017, for staff working for NHS Trusts and CCGs6,7 there were 1.05 million staff compared to 1.04 million at the same point in 2016. Of these staff:
- The number of professionally qualified clinical staff8 (excluding GPs andnurses in GP practices) was 569,000 FTE, an increase of 1.3 per cent (7,470) since 2016.
- There were 52,800 FTE hospital doctors in training9, an increase of 2.4 per cent (1,250) since 2016.
- Consultant numbers stood at 45,800 FTE, an increase of 3.4 per cent (1,490) since 2016.
- Nurses and health visitors, excluding nurses in GP practices, stood at 284,000 FTE, a decrease of 0.2 per cent (435) since 2016.
- There were 21,200 FTE midwives, an increase of 0.8 per cent (168) since 2016.
- There were 315,000 FTE staff who provide support to clinical staff10, an increase of 1.8 per cent (5,450) since 2016.
- NHS infrastructure support staff11 stood at 165,000 FTE, an increase of 1.8 per cent (2,850) on 2016. Of this group:
o Managers stood at 21,700 FTE, an increase of 3.3 per cent (687) on 2016.
o Senior managers stood at 10,300 FTE, an increase of 7.0 per cent (676) on 2016.
Earlier this month, a publication also reports on all staff providing services in General Practice, at the time of the collection. Final figures on General Practice, at 30 September 2017, show:
- There were 33,100 FTE GPs (excluding locums)12, a decrease of 2.2 per cent (742) on 2016.
- There were 15,800 FTE nurses in GP practices, a decrease of 0.2 per cent (27) on 2016.
- GP Direct Patient Care and admin staff numbers stood at 75,200 FTE, a decrease of 0.2 per cent (121) on 2016.
Figures on some of the independent sector healthcare workforce providing NHS-commissioned services are also included in today's report.
The total number of FTE staff working in the independent healthcare workforce at 30 September 2017 was 46,900, based on those organisations that provided data to NHS Digital or whose data could be extracted from the ESR.5
More recent provisional data for the NHS HCHS workforce has also been published today, which relates to November 2017.