NHS: Staff

Department of Health written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff are employed by each NHS England regional headquarters.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

There are now over 17,200 (full-time equivalent) more professionally qualified clinical staff since the Election. In contrast, the number of central administrative staff has fallen by over 20,300, including over 7,000 fewer managers and senior managers.

The number of staff (headcount) employed by each NHS England regional headquarters is set out in the table below.





Midlands and East







The Chief People officer for NHS England.


1NHS England’s London Region is configured in a different manner to the other geographic regional offices, in that this is not underpinned by a number of area teams. This region operates as a single, integrated tier, which is why the number of staff employed in London relative to the other three regions appears to be higher.

2In providing this response, NHS England has excluded staff working in sub-regional teams and in primary care support services.

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