Nurses

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th July 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many nurses were employed by the NHS in England in each year since 2004.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many student nurses there have been in England in each year since 2004.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many midwives were employed in England in each year since 2004.

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NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics for England. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), but not staff working in primary care, local authorities or other providers.

The following table shows the number of nurses and health visitors and midwives who work in National Health Service trusts and CCGs in England, as at September each year since 2004 and March 2019 (latest available data), full time equivalent. Nurses and health visitors are recorded together so we are unable to provide data solely for nurses.

Nurses and health visitors in NHS Trusts and CCGs

Midwives in NHS Trusts and CCGS

September 2004

268,704

18,137

September 2005

276,086

18,326

September 2006

277,387

18,380

September 2007

275,211

18,751

September 2008

281,021

18,896

September 2009

278,470

18,959

September 2010

279,883

19,487

September 2011

277,047

19,878

September 2012

271,407

20,214

September 2013

274,627

20,537

September 2014

278,981

20,838

September 2015

281,474

20,934

September 2016

284,288

21,038

September 2017

283,853

21,206

September 2018

285,674

21,323

March 2019

290,010

21,870

Sources: Non-Medical Workforce Census, NHS Digital workforce statistics

The following table shows the number of nursing students commissioned by the Department/Health Education England (HEE) in each year since 2004 and the number of acceptances to nursing degree courses via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Following student finance reform, students starting courses after August 2017 were no longer directly commissioned by HEE.

Nursing students commissioned by the Department/HEE

Number of acceptances to nursing degree courses via UCAS

2004/05

22,933

N/A

2005/06

20,183

N/A

2006/07

20,917

N/A

2007/08

19,147

N/A

2008/09

20,323

N/A

2009/10

20,366

N/A

2010/11

19,908

N/A

2011/12

17,633

N/A

2012/13

17,115

N/A

2013/14

17,568

N/A

2014/15

19,147

N/A

2015/16

19,951

N/A

2016/17

20,888

N/A

2017/18

N/A

19,515

2018/19

N/A

19,035

Sources: HEE-Education Commissioning Dataset, UCAS end of cycle data 2018

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