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Provides statistics on the number of directly employed NHS staff in England and those contracted through GP practices, broken down by staff group, region, age, sex and ethnicity. Further information is available on staff turnover, vacancy rates, earnings and sickness absence rates.

Publications

25% Reduction in Senior Management Posts Target
Department: Scottish Government
Shows progress towards the 25% reduction in management within the NHS
A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions Quarterly Report
Department: NHS England
Quarterly summaries with trend analysis of A&E attendance and admissions data collected and reported weekly.
A&E activity, cancelled operations and critical care bed capacity: monthly situation reports
Department: Health
Monthly data on A&E admissions, cancelled operations, and critical care bed use
A&E and Ambulance weekly data
Department: Health
Weekly data on A&E activity and patients waiting over 4 hours for admission, transfer or discharge, as well as ambulance data including numbers of urgent journeys and Category A and B calls.
A&E weekly data
Department: NHS England
The total number of attendances in the week for all A&E types, including Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres, and of these, the number discharged, admitted or transferred within four hours of arrival. Also included are the number of admissions via A&E, and any waits of over four hours for admission following decision to admit. Data are shown at provider organisation level, from NHS Trusts, NHS Foundation Trusts, Primary Care Trusts and Independent Sector Organisations.
A&E weekly data
Department: Health
The total number of attendances in the week for all A&E types, including Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres, and of these, the number discharged, admitted or transferred within four hours of arrival. Also included are the number of admissions via A&E, and any waits of over four hours for admission following decision to admit. Data are shown at provider organisation level, from NHS Trusts, NHS Foundation Trusts, Primary Care Trusts and Independent Sector Organisations.
Action Plan for Improving Oral Health and Modernising NHS Dental Services - NHS Monitoring Report
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
The Action Plan for Improving Oral Health and Modernising NHS Dental Services was published in 2005. It set out the then Scottish Executive's policy and plans for dentistry and dental public health for the next 3 years (SEHD, 2005). This plan has brought increased investment to dentistry, and to ensure this investment is achieving its goals a range of targets was set around oral health improvement, primary care dental service delivery and quality, and dental workforce and training. This is a 6-monthly report monitoring NHS Boards progress towards the targets.
Acute and Non-Acute Delayed Transfers of Care: monthly situation reports
Department: NHS England
Monthly data on delayed transfers of care
Acute and Non-Acute Delayed Transfers of Care: monthly situation reports
Department: Health
Monthly data on delayed transfers of care
Ambulance Services in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Summarises information about ambulance services provided by the NHS services in Wales.
Ambulance Services, England
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
Ambulance statistics by ambulance trust on emergency calls, response times and patient journeys.
Cancelled Operation, England
Department: NHS England
Cancelled operations.
Cancelled Operation, England
Department: Health
Cancelled operations.
Complaints Statistics
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Complaints Statistics
Complaints to the NHS in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Compiles all complaints made to the NHS.
Critical care bed capacity and cancelled operations: monthly situation reports
Department: NHS England
Monthly data on critical care bed use and cancelled urgent operations
Critical care bed capacity and cancelled operations: monthly situation reports
Department: Health
Monthly data on critical care bed use and cancelled urgent operations
Data on written complaints in the NHS
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
Annual survey on patients' written complaints about the services or treatment they got from the NHS.
Dispensing contractors¡¯ remuneration
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Provides details of payments made to Scottish dispensers of pharmaceuticals in the community.
Expenditure on Healthcare in the UK
Department: Office for National Statistics
Estimates of healthcare expenditure in the UK to the definitions contained in the System of Health Accounts (SHA, OECD 2000)
General Medical Services Contract: Quality and Outcomes Framework for Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Release presents a summary of data from the national General Medical Services Quality and Outcomes Framework.
Hearing Aid Assessments and Re-assessments
Department: Health, Social Service and Public Safety (Northern Ireland)
This statistical bulletin presents information on hearing aid assessments and re-assessments by audiologists in Northern Ireland. Information has been derived from the quarterly collection AUD1 and monitors information on both adults and children fitted and assessed for hearing aids during the quarter, complaints received, and cost of hearing aids issued. In addition, the collection monitors complete and incomplete waits for assessment during the quarter and the length of time patients were waiting or had waited following referral to an audiologist (specified time bands).
Integrated Performance Measures Monitoring
Department: NHS England
Monitors how PCTs perform against measures in the following areas: CHD-Diabetic retinopathy; CHD-NHS Health Checks; Older people-Delayed Discharge; Health Improvement-Maternity; Health Improvement-Stroke. NB From 2011-12, this publication has replaced the previous Vital Signs Monitoring report. The coverage is similar but not identical to the Vital Signs report - the measures included are covered by the 2011-12 NHS Operating Framework.
Integrated Performance Measures Monitoring
Department: Health
Monitors how PCTs perform against measures in the following areas: CHD-Diabetic retinopathy; CHD-NHS Health Checks; Older people-Delayed Discharge; Health Improvement-Maternity; Health Improvement-Stroke. NB From 2011-12, this publication has replaced the previous Vital Signs Monitoring report. The coverage is similar but not identical to the Vital Signs report - the measures included are covered by the 2011-12 NHS Operating Framework.
Monthly NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) Workforce Statistics in England
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
High-level NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) Workforce information on a monthly basis for Hospital Doctors and Non Medical Staff. Quarterly supplemental information providing redundancy figures and further granularity across staff groups and work areas including pre-announced specific topic areas or service priority areas is available in the January, April, July and October publications.
NHS Board Projected Staff In Post Changes
Department: Scottish Government
Provides NHS workforce projections for 2014/15
NHS Continuing Healthcare Activity
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
NHS Continuing Healthcare Activity
NHS Scotland Workforce - Agency and bank nurse usage
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Updates to NHSScotland workforce information - agency and bank nurse usage. Prior to June 2010 this publication was released as part of an overall "NHSScotland Workforce Statistics" publication. This publication will be released quarterly from June 2011.
NHS Scotland Workforce - Doctors in training compliance with the European Working Times Directives
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
This publication will not contain data from the European Working Times Directives as indicated in the previous synopsis. Instead it will continue to report on the compliance with the New Deal. Please see NHS Scotland Workforce - Doctors in training compliance with the New Deal
NHS Scotland Workforce - Doctors in training compliance with the New Deal
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Updates to NHSScotland workforce information - doctors in training compliance with the New Deal. Prior to December 2009 this publication was released as part of an overall "NHS Scotland Workforce Statistics" publication.
NHS Scotland Workforce - Equality and diversity summary
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Updates to NHSScotland workforce information - equality and diversity summary. Prior to June 2010 this publication was released as part of an overall "NHSScotland Workforce Statistics" publication.
NHS Scotland Workforce - Sickness absence
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Updates to NHSScotland workforce information - sickness absence. Prior to June 2010 this publication was released as part of an overall "NHSScotland Workforce Statistics" publication.
NHS Scotland Workforce - Staff in post
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Updates to NHSScotland workforce information - staff in post. Prior to December 2009 this publication was released as part of an overall "NHSScotland Workforce Statistics" publication.
NHS Scotland Workforce - Staff turnover
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Updates to NHSScotland workforce information - staff turnover. Prior to June 2010 this publication was released as part of an overall "NHSScotland Workforce Statistics" publication. This information is released quarterly from June 2011.
NHS Scotland Workforce - Student nurse training-intakes and attrition rates
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Updates to NHSScotland workforce information - student nurse intakes and training. Prior to December 2009 this publication was released as part of an overall "NHSScotland Workforce Statistics" publication.
NHS Scotland Workforce - Vacancies
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Updates to NHSScotland workforce information - Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professions and Consultants Vacancies. Prior to December 2009 this publication was released as part of an overall "NHSScotland Workforce Statistics" publication. From June 2011 this publication will be released quarterly.
NHS Scotland Workforce Statistics
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
The release includes information on staff in post across all NHS staff groups as well as vacancy information for Nursing & Midwifery and Allied Health Professions. Information on Community & Hospital Medical and Dental staff and staff employed in the General Medical Service (GPs) and General Dental Service (GDS) is also included.
NHS Sickness Absence Rates
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
NHS Sickness Absence Rates
NHS Staff Earnings
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
Presents estimates of annual basic pay and total earnings for NHS staff groups (excluding GPs and high street dentists).
NHS Staff Earnings Estimates
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
NHS Staff Earnings Estimates
NHS Trust Staff Vacancies in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Release presents summary information on NHS Trust posts in Wales that had been vacant for three months or more.
NHS Workforce Census
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
Annual census of NHS Workforce.
NHS Workforce Statistics
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
NHS Workforce Statistics
NHS Workforce Statistics: Medical and Dental Staff
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
NHS hospital & community staff numbers in the medical & dental professions by organisation, headcount, fte, area of work, age, gender etc
NHS Workforce Statistics: Non-Medical Staff
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
NHS hospital & community staff numbers in the non-medical professions by organisation, headcount, fte, area of work, age, gender etc
NHS Workforce Statistics: Overview
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
Overview of NHS hospital & community staff numbers in the medical & dental professions by organisation, headcount, fte, area of work, age, gender etc
NHS Written Complaints, England
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
Annual survey on patients' written complaints about the services or treatment they got from the NHS.
National NHS Staff Survey
Department: NHS England
Data on how staff feel about working in the NHS
National NHS Staff Survey
Department: Health
Data on how staff feel about working in the NHS
National Primary Care Workforce Planning Survey
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Results from a survey of general practices in Scotland, designed to support workforce planning for primary care.
Northern Ireland Family Practitioner Services Statistical Report
Department: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
The report provides statistics relating to General Medical, Dental, Ophthalmic and Pharmaceutical Services in Northern Ireland in 2007/08. It examines the number of GPs, Dentists, Optometrists and Pharmacies and related service statistics such as the number of registered patients, the number of practitioners and the number of prescriptions dispensed.
Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Workforce Census Publication
Department: Health, Social Service and Public Safety (Northern Ireland)
Comprehensive profile of Northern Ireland Health and Social Care workforce by staff group and organisation, including breakdowns by age, gender and part time working. Also includes information on movers, leavers and joiners, plus summary vacancy information.
Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Workforce Vacancies Publication
Department: Health, Social Service and Public Safety (Northern Ireland)
Presentation of Northern Ireland Health and Social Care workforce vacancies by staff group and organisation including vacancy rates.
Practice Team Information
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Estimates of contact rates in general practice, and numbers of patients consulting for selected conditions.
Scottish Health Service Costs
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Scottish Health Service Costs
Scottish National Tariff
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
National average estimated Healthcare Resource Groups (HRG) cost information to support NHS Boards in development of cross-boundary flow costings for acute inpatient and day cases
Sickness Absence Rates in the NHS
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
Monthly Sickness Absence Rates in the English NHS
Sickness Absence in the NHS in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This statisticak release presents data on the sickenss absence in the NHS.
Staff Directly Employed by the NHS in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Release present summary information concerning staff directly employed by the NHS in Wales.
Surgical Profiles Project
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
The surgical profiles project aims to lead to improvements in patient care by making better use of existing Scotland-wide data sources. The surgical profile comprises clinical indicators about the surgical care provided by an NHS Board and its hospitals (data are not presented for individual clinicians or patients). It is a tool designed to be interpreted and used locally by those providing surgical care to stimulate reflection on surgical services.
Surgical Profiles for Scottish NHS Boards
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Report describing second cycle of surgical profiles project, including summary of how NHS Boards are using the data in the profile to support improvements in patient care. This is accompanied by the charts included in the profile, presenting data at NHS Board and hospital level.
The Medical Profiles Project
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
The medical profile comprises of a suite of clinical indicators (7 chapters) about the medical care provided by an NHS board and its hospitals.
The Quality of Nationally Submitted Health and Social Care Data, England
Department: Health and Social Care Information Centre
A summary of current and future data quality measures and activities undertaken by the Health and Social Care Information Centre on nationally submitted health and social care data
Unscheduled Care Services in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This statistical release brings together information on all aspects of unscheduled care: ambulance services, A&E attendances, calls to NHS Direct Wales, and emergency admissions to hospital.
Workforce Planning for Psychology Services in NHSScotland - Characteristics of the workforce within Psychology Services
Department: ISD Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland)
Psychology Services - All staff survey: national Oracle database of NHSScotland psychology services workforce. Statistical information to describe the clinical workforce employed in NHSScotland Psychology services. Data includes NHS Board, professional group, target age of patients treated, area of work, tier of operation, band, gender and age. As from May 2010 these statistics can be designated as National Statistics products. This publication will be released quarterly from June 2011.
Workforce Statistics for General Practitioners in Wales
Department: Welsh Assembly Government
This Statistical Bulletin presents a summary of workforce statistics relating to General Practitioners in Wales.

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Overview

There are over?1 million staff employed by the NHS. What they do, where they work, their age and gender profiles are key to workforce planning for the future requirements of the service and identifying training needs. Coupled with vacancy and turnover rates, these are used across the NHS and by government.

Publications cover:

  • statistics on the numbers of staff in the NHS; covering the areas that they work in, age and gender breakdowns, and regional breakdowns

  • average salaries and earnings of all NHS staff groups

  • turnover; these figures are calculated taking into account joiners, leavers and non-movers

  • three-month vacancies and from 2008 total vacancies (experimental) by staff groups in trusts and GP practices

  • sickness absence rates of staff in NHS organisations (latest 2005)

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Technical Data

All of the publications on workforce can be found on the NHS Information Centre website.

Numbers of NHS Staff

Workforce statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts 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.?

Data are extracted from the trusts¡¯ payroll system (ESR: Electronic Staff Record) and the GP payments system.

For more information about collections, please see Data collections?on the NHS Information Centre website.

The Occupational code manual for staff other than doctors is also available.

Vacancy surveys

  • A vacancy is defined as one which employers are actively trying to fill as at 31 March

  • A three-month vacancy is defined as one which has lasted three months or more and which employers are actively trying to fill as at 31 March

  • Vacancy rates are calculated using: the number of full-time equivalent vacancies, divided by the full-time equivalent staff in post, plus the number of full-time equivalent vacancies

  • This ratio is expressed as a percentage. The full time equivalent staff in post figures are taken from the workforce census results that were collected in the previous September

Turnover

Turnover reports are available from the NHS Information Centre website.

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Glossary

  • Bank staff

    Staff who work through NHS Professionals or the hospitals' own bank arrangements.

  • Basic Salary

    This is the ¡®standard¡¯ basic pay paid to an individual, which is normally a factor of their Agenda for Change spine point, and their hours worked.

  • Country of qualification for doctors

    The primary medical qualification used to identify the country of qualification is based on information held on each individual doctor on the GMC register. The countries are grouped into UK, European Economic Area (EEA) and Elsewhere.

  • Doctors: Registrar group (exc. GPs)

    Cover: specialist registrars (SpRs); senior registrars; registrars; specialty registrars (StRs) who are on run through specialist training (ST grades); and other staff working at equivalent grades that are not in an educationally approved post.

  • Doctors in training and equivalents (exc. GPs)

    Covers: the registrar group; senior house officer; specialty registrars (StRs) who are on fixed term specialty training appointments (FTSTAs); house officers; foundation programme for doctors years one and two; and other staff working at equivalent grades that are not in an educationally approved post.

  • Earnings: Total

    This is the total amount earned by an individual.?In addition to basic pay, it includes payments for: hours related payments such as on call, shift working, and overtime; occupation payments such as clinical excellence awards or distinction awards; location payments such as location allowance and other local payments; recruitment and retention pay, and ¡®other¡¯ payments for issues such as occupational absence and protected pay.

  • Electronic Staff Record (ESR)

    The standard Payroll and HR system used within the NHS. Data are extracted from this system to inform the figures for workforce numbers, earnings, turnover and sickness absence.

  • Ethnic Category

    An individual¡¯s ethnic category is self-determined. The list of categories we use was changed in 2001, to reflect those used in the 2001 National Population Census. Since 2001 we have allowed employers to return a mixture of old and new codes with a view to re-classifying existing staff. The data should be interpreted with caution because individuals would not necessarily classify themselves the same way when presented with two different lists of categories, even though some of the categories have the same name.

  • Full-time equivalents (FTE)

    Some statistics are expressed in terms of full-time equivalents (FTE). For this purpose, numbers of part-time staff are converted into an equivalent number of ¡®full-time¡¯ staff by taking account of the weekly number of hours or sessions worked.

  • General Medical Services (GMS)

    The contract under which most GPs are employed. It is a national agreement between the provider and the PCT?that sets out the financial arrangements, the services to be provided and support arrangements.

  • GP Partnership

    A financial arrangement between two or more bodies of which one must be a practitioner.

  • GP Registrar

    A fully registered practitioner who is being trained for general practice under an arrangement approved by the Secretary of State.

  • GP Retainers

    Practitioners who provide service sessions in general practice. They are employed by the partnership to undertake sessions and are allowed to work a maximum of four sessions of approximately half a day each week.

  • Personal Medical Services (PMS)

    GP contact that allows them to negotiate a local agreement with their PCT for the services they will provide and payments they will receive.

  • Primary Care Trusts (PCTs)

    Free standing statutory bodies that have their own budget for local health care. They commission the bulk of hospital and community health services for their local population and are able to provide health and other services.

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Contact Details

For statistical enquiries about this topic, please contact:

NHS Information Centre

Email: enquiries@ic.nhs.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 845 300 6016

The NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care 1 Trevelyan Square Boar Lane Leeds LS1 6AE

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