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NHS: Manpower

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) general practitioners, (c) surgeons, (d) ward support staff and (e) administrative staff were employed in the NHS in each year since 2004. (226865)

The data requested for nurses, general practitioners, surgeons (consultants), and administration staff are shown in the following table. It is not possible to break down data to indicate which support staff work on wards. Therefore all data on support staff are given.

NHS HCHS and General Practice work force (excluding GP retainers1) in England as at 30 September each specified year

Headcount

2004

2005

2006

2007

Total employed staff1

1,331,087

1,365,388

1,338,140

1,330,544

Professionally qualified clinical staff

660,706

679,157

674,621

681,246

All doctors1

117,036

122,345

125,612

127,645

Medical and dental staff within the surgical group of specialties

18,290

19,096

19,425

19,398

Of which:

Consultants

5,754

5,988

6,129

6,260

GPs1 Including registrars

34,085

35,302

35,369

35,855

Qualified nursing staff2

397,515

404,161

398,335

399,597

Qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff

128,883

134,534

134,496

136,976

Qualified ambulance staff

17,272

18,117

16,176

17,028

Support to clinical staff

251,176

254,533

235,710

227,349

Unqualified nursing staff

139,257

136,429

123,479

115,326

Unqualified ST and T staff

36,188

37,525

37,342

37,417

Healthcare assistants

41,740

43,280

41,747

43,055

Nursing areas of work

37,803

39,213

39,657

41,093

ST and T areas of work

905

964

925

781

Other areas of work

3,032

3,103

1,165

1,181

Support staff

33,991

35,299

33,142

31,551

Nursing areas of work

23,716

25,212

23,276

22,856

ST and T areas of work

1,241

1,118

1,231

1,110

Other areas of work

9,034

8,969

8,635

7,585

Total clerical and administrative staff3

260,857

272,565

261,053

256,686

Central functions

129,249

136,513

130,559

128,620

Hotel, property and estates

10,827

10,762

9,099

8,818

ST and T support

17,356

16,587

15,282

14,391

Clerical support

99,845

105,004

102,486

101,125

Ambulance service support

3,580

3,699

3,627

3,732

Other non-medical staff4

46,094

47,039

47,114

47,888

Other GP practice staff5

90,110

89,190

95,845

94,515

1 Figures exclude GP Retainers.

2 Nursing and midwifery figures exclude students on training courses leading to a first qualification as a nurse or midwife. Includes GP practice nurses.

3 Examples of staff in Central Functions are staff in HR, informatics, payroll, and library staff. Examples of staff in Hotel, property and estates are clerical laundry staff, domestic services and home wardens. Examples of staff in ST and T support are clerical staff in audiology, haematology, dietetics and microbiology. Ambulance service support staff are ambulance controllers, training staff and ambulance officers.

4 Other non-medical staff includes ambulance support staff, maintenance and works staff and a small number of other and unknown staff.

5 Other practice staff—There is no breakdown of type of work for headcount data. However type of work is available for full time equivalent practice staff and the majority (over 60 per cent. in 2007) were admin and clerical staff.

Notes:

1. In 2006 ambulance staff were collected under new, more detailed, occupation codes. As a result qualified totals and support to ambulance staff totals are not directly comparable with previous years.

2. Data qualify: Work force statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) In England. The NHS Information Centre for hearth and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data. Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.

Sources:

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal medical services statistics