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NHS: Manpower

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) front line and (b) other staff were employed by the NHS in each of the last 10 years. (197335)

The number of front line staff is not collected centrally as the Department does not identify them as a separate group within the national workforce census staff groups.

Frontline staff breaks down to comprise professionally qualified clinical staff, support clinical staff and staff in general practitioner’s (GP) practices. Other staff comprises national health service infrastructure support and those staff with unknown qualifications.

The following table shows the numbers of staff within the two categories for each of the last 10 years.

NHS Hospital Community Health Services and general practice work force as at 30 September each specified year—England

Full-time equivalent

Frontline1

Other2

Total

1997

702,271

144,027

846,298

1998

714,172

140,958

855,129

1999

729,982

143,565

873,547

2000

747,917

144,704

892,620

2001

780,616

150,432

931,048

2002

819,855

158,521

978,376

2003

858,855

168,429

1,027,284

2004

892,932

178,530

1,071,462

2005

917,498

186,510

1,104,008

2006

917,197

178,230

1,095,427

2007

912,226

177,209

1,089,436

Change 1997-2007

209,955

33,183

243,138

Annual percentage change 1997-2007

2.7

2.1

2.6

Change 2006-07

-4,970

-1,020

-5,991

Percentage change 2006-07

-1

-1

-0.5

1 Frontline staff comprises the following staff groups:

Consultants (including Directors of public health);

Registrars;

Other doctors in training;

Other medical and dental staff;

GPs (excluding retainers);

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff, including Practice Nurses;

Qualified Allied Health Professions;

Other qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff;

Support to clinical staff; and

Other GP practice staff.

2 Other staff comprises the following staff groups:

Central functions;

Hotel, property and estates;

Manager and senior manager; and

Other non-medical staff or those with unknown classification.

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