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NHS Workforce Statistics - November 2013, Provisional statistics

15:45 September 23, 2017 - 09:30 February 21, 2014
Publication date: February 21, 2014
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Users need to be aware of intended changes to the presentation of these statistics. For further information please read the "revisions and issues section" on page five of this month's bulletin.

Provisional monthly figures for headcount, full-time equivalent, role count and turnover of NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) staff groups working in England (excluding primary care staff).

As expected with provisional statistics, some figures may be revised from month to month as issues are uncovered and resolved. No refreshes of the provisional data will take place either as part of the regular publication process, or where minor enhancements to the methodology have an insignificant impact on the figures at a national level.

However, the provisional status allows for this to occur if it is determined that a refresh of data is required subsequent to initial release. Where a refresh of data occurs, it will be clearly documented in the publications.

The monthly publication is an accurate summary of the validated data extracted from the NHS's HR and Payroll system. It has a provisional status as the data may change slightly over time where trusts make updates to their live operational systems. Given the size of the NHS workforce and the changing composition, particularly during this period of transition, it is likely that we will see some additional fluctuations in the workforce numbers over the next few months, reflecting both national and local changes as a result of the NHS reforms. These statistics relate to the contracted positions within English NHS organisations and may include those where the person assigned to the position is temporarily absent, for example on maternity leave.

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 0845 300 6016.

Key facts

  • Provisional status
  • 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 practice staff.
  • From January 2014, a new set of monthly tables will be added: 
    1. Nurses by level and area (i.e., type of nurse and work area).
    2. Support to doctors and nursing staff by level and area (i.e., type of staff and work area).
    3. Time series of workforce numbers (headcount and FTE) by organisation (previously published quarterly)
  • From December 2013, the quarterly NHS Staff Earnings and quarterly Sickness Absence reports were published on a monthly basis on the same day as the Monthly workforce publication. This is to enable the data in these publications to be available on a more frequent and timely basis.
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    Date Range: September 30, 2009 to November 30, 2013
    Geographical coverage:
    Geographical granularity:
    NHS Trusts
    Ambulance Trusts
    Care Trusts
    Mental Health Trusts
    Primary Care Organisations
    Hospital Trusts
    Hospital and Community Health Services
    Regional health body
    Primary Care Trusts
    Clinical Commissioning Groups

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