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NHS: Manpower

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 20 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed by the NHS in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire in the most recent year for which figures are available. (248436)

The total number of staff employed within the national health service in England and Gloucestershire as of 30 September 2007 is given in the following table.

All NHS staff within Gloucestershire1

Numbers (headcount) and full-time equivalents

As at 30 September 2007






Of which:




1 Gloucestershire consists of the following organisations: South Gloucestershire PCT, Gloucestershire PCT and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Data Quality

Workforce statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. The NHS Information Centre for health 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.


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

The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.

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