NHS staffing levels
The NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) dataset gives the headcount and full-time equivalents of different staff groups, including nurses, scientists and support staff. The OECD Health Database offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health across OECD countries.
This indicator will be updated following the next NHS England monthly data release.
The NHS Hospital & Community Health Service and General Practice dataset, showing annual workforce data, reflects full-time equivalents (FTEs), as at 30 September each year. GP FTE data for 2004 and 2005 has been estimated using the results from the 1992-93 GMP Workload Survey. From 2006 onwards GP FTE has been collected and therefore may not be fully comparable with previous years. In 2006, ambulance staff data were collected under new occupation codes, and as a result totals are not directly comparable with previous years.
The March 2015 'target' of 12,292 for the total number of health visitors (FTE) in post, and the subsequent target trend, have been calculated based on the published May 2010 baseline number of 8,092 and the commitment by the government to recruit an extra 4,200 by 2015.
In the international comparison charts the countries selected from the OECD data for comparison with the UK were chosen on the basis that:
- they are similar countries to the UK that are commonly used in comparisons with UK
- they had data that covered a similar time period to the UK.
Apart from Canada and France, physician data refers to practising physicians, which are defined as those providing care directly to patients. For Canada and France data refer to professionally active physicians. They include practising physicians, plus other physicians working in the health sector as managers, educators, researchers, etc. (adding another 5-10% of doctors). In relation to nurses, apart from France and the United States, data refer to practising nurses, which are defined as those providing care directly to patients. In France and United States, data refer to professionally active nurses. They include practising nurses plus other nurses working in the health sector as managers, educators, researchers, etc. (adding another 5-10% of nurses).