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General practice bucks trend in increasing NHS workforce

The NHS workforce in England increased by 1.5 per cent last year, but general practice staffing levels fell

Ingrid Torjesen

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff working in the NHS in England has increased by 1.5 per cent (17,900) since 2016, according to figures released by NHS Digital.

At 30 September 2017, there were 1.21 million FTE staff working for the NHS in England, compared to 1.20 million at the same point in 2016, says the report Healthcare Workforce Statistics – September 2017, Experimental.

On this date there were 1.05 million staff working for NHS trusts and CCGs compared to 1.04 million at the same point in 2016. Of these 569,000 FTEs were professional qualified clinical staff - an increase of 1.3 per cent since 2016, including 52,800 FTE hospital doctors in training (an increase of 2.4 per cent) and 45,800 FTE consultants (an increase of 3.4 per cent).

Final figures for General Practice, at 30 September 2017, show that there were 33,100 FTE GPs (excluding locums) - a decrease of 2.2 per cent (742) on 2016. In addition, there were 15,800 FTE nurses in GP practices (a decrease of 0.2 per cent) and 75,200 FTE GP Direct Patient Care and admin staff numbers (a decrease of 0.2 per cent).

The report also lists the number of people in the independent sector healthcare workforce providing NHS-commissioned services as 46,900 FTEs as of 30 September 2017.

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