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Annual census shows NHS workforce figures for September 2014

25 March 2015: The number of Full time Equivalent (FTE) (4) staff working in the NHS in England has increased by 2.1 per cent since 2013, Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures show.

All figures are in Full Time Equivalent (FTE)4.

Regional information and headcount figures are available for this report. HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures.

There were 1.2 million FTE staff working for the NHS in England at 30 September 2014, an increase of 2.1 per cent (24,000) on 2013. This constitutes an increase of 13.8 per cent (144,000) since 2004, according to today's annual census report.

The census report provides a snapshot of staff working in hospital, community, general and personal medical services. It allows for year-on-year comparisons and also includes the annual summary of the GP workforce.

Today's figures show that overall there are 36,900 FTE GPs, an increase of 1.7 per cent (626) since 2013 and an increase of 19.0 per cent (5,900) since 2004. Excluding registrars (trainees) and retainers, there are 32,600 FTE GPs, an increase of 1.7 per cent (553) since 2013 and a rise of 15.3 per cent (4,320) since 2004.

Today's figures show that, at 30 September 2014:

  • The number of professionally qualified clinical staff5 stood at 623,000 FTE, a rise of 1.7 per cent (10,200) since 2013 and an increase of 16.4 per cent (88,000) on 2004.
  • There were 53,800 FTE hospital doctors in training, an increase of 0.7 per cent (387) on 2013 and an increase of 32.3 per cent (13,100) on 2004.
  • Consultant numbers stood at 40,400 FTE, an increase of 3.7 per cent (1,400) on 2013 and an increase of 43.7 per cent (12,300) since 2004.
  • Qualified nurses (including GP practice nurses) stood at 329,000 FTE a 1.8 per cent (5,940) increase on 2013 and a 9.4 per cent (28,200) increase on 2004.
  • There were 314,000 FTE qualified nurses excluding GP practice nurses, an increase of 1.9 per cent (5,820) since 2013, and an increase of 9.3 per cent (26,700) since 2004.

There were 958,000 FTE Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) non-medical staff6. This area covers staff working within the NHS (excluding doctors and staff working with GP practices). The census report shows an increase of 2.2 per cent (20,300) on 2013 and an increase of 11.1 per cent (95,900) on 2004.

  • Clinical support staff7 stood at 307,000 FTE, a 3.8 per cent (11,300) increase on 2013, a 13.0 per cent (35,200) increase on 2004.
  • NHS infrastructure support staff8 stood at 184,000 FTE, a 0.8 per cent (1,460) increase on 2013, a 3.6 per cent (6,390) increase on 2004.

Of this group:

  • Managers and senior managers stood at 35,200, an increase of 1.7 per cent (577) on 2013, and a decrease of 2.3 per cent (842) on 2004.


The full set of annual Census data tables can be accessed at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/nhsworkstatov14

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Note to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. All workforce census numbers are for 30 September 2014. All workforce census changes are for 30 September 2013 to 30 September 2014 or 30 September 2004 to 2014 and refer to Full Time Equivalent (FTE) unless stated otherwise.
  3. Counts of figures under 1,000 are exact and figures over 1,000 have been rounded to the nearest 10. Figures over 10,000 but less than 100,000 have been rounded to the nearest 100 and figures over 100,000 have been rounded to the nearest 1000. Figures over one million are rounded to the nearest 100,000 Percentages have been rounded to the nearest decimal point.
  4. Full time equivalent (FTE) measures an individual's working hours as a proportion of their standard full time contract. This means that a person who worked 3.75 hours of a 37.5 hour contract would count as 0.1 FTE and somebody who worked 37.5 hours would count as 1.0 FTE. FTE is based on each individual's contract, which means that full time hours will vary.
  5. Professionally qualified clinical staff includes: All doctors, qualified nurses, qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff and qualified ambulance staff.
  6. Non-medical NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) staff figures include qualified nurses, qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff and qualified ambulance staff (professionally qualified non-medical clinical staff). Please note that there is an overlap with the professionally qualified clinical staff.
  7. Staff in support to clinical staff includes the following sub groups; Support to doctors and nursing - such as nursery nurses, healthcare assistants, clerical and administrative staff working specifically in clinical areas such as medical secretaries, and maintenance and works staff specifically identified as supporting clinical areas; Support to scientific, therapeutic and technical (ST&T) staff - such as ST&T trainees, healthcare assistants, clerical and administrative staff and maintenance and works staff specifically identified as supporting the ST&T group;
  8. NHS infrastructure support includes the following sub groups; managers and senior managers, central functions (such as personnel, finance, IT, legal services and library services), and hotel, property and estates (such as laundry, catering, caretakers and domestic services).
  9. Figures no longer include bank staff, all figures have been adjusted to show data excluding bank (publications prior to 2011 included bank staff).
  10. In 2012 and 2013, 90 per cent of GP practices provided a Practice Staff return, in 2014 this was 93%. Figures for the remaining GP practices were estimated to give a full census figure. The same methodology has been applied retrospectively to figures for 2010 and 2011 and the published data have been revised to enable full comparability for a five year time series, but it has not been possible to estimate earlier years. Before 2010 data about practice staff were collected differently. This means that comparisons with years prior to 2010 for total NHS staff may be very slightly overstated.
  11. This annual publication presents the results from three censuses monitoring the NHS workforce as at 30th September 2014. The statistical publication takes the format of a summary document (Overview) and three statistical bulletins: two covering Hospital and Community Services (Medical and Dental staff; and Non-medical staff); and one covering General and Personal Medical Services. These data do not include high street dentists and ophthalmic practitioners which are covered in other publications: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/primary-care
  12. Nor do they include Social Care which is covered in the publications at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/social-care The HSCIC has also issued a Data Quality Statement with this publication http://www.hscic.gov.uk/workforce as required by the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
  13. HSCIC today also publishes its routine provisional monthly figures - to December 2014 - for key Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) staff groups plus data on NHS staff earnings and sickness absence.
  14. For media enquiries please call 0300 30 33 888 or email media@HSCIC.gov.uk
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