Health Professions: Vacancies

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd July 2020.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many FTE vacancies for (a) registered nurses and (b) medical staff there were in each quarter from Q1 2018-19 up to and including Q1 2020-21.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 13 July 2020

NHS Improvement collects vacancy data for three staff groups; doctors, nurses and ‘other staff’. This data is published quarterly by NHS Digital and can be found via the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/nhs-vacancies-survey/february-2015---march-2020-experimental-statistics

The following table shows the vacancy rate and full time equivalent (FTE) vacancies for nursing and medical (doctors) staff from 2018/19 Q1 to 2019/20 Q4, the latest available data.

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Nursing

Medical

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Vacancy rate

FTE Vacancies

Vacancy rate

FTE Vacancies

2018/19 Q1

12.00%

42,589

9.60%

12,025

2018/19 Q2

12.10%

42,679

7.70%

9,743

2018/19 Q3

11.10%

39,686

7.10%

8,989

2018/19 Q4

11.10%

39,520

7.20%

9,183

2019/20 Q1

12.30%

43,617

9.00%

11,619

2019/20 Q2

12.10%

43,463

7.10%

9,265

2019/20 Q3

10.70%

38,785

6.60%

8,734

2019/20 Q4

9.90%

36,083

6.30%

8,338

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