NHS: Resignations

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20 September 2023.

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Photo of Wes Streeting Wes Streeting Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS staff left the health service by job role in the last 12 months.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The numbers and rates of joiners to, and leavers from the National Health Service, for staff employed in NHS trusts and other core organisations in England are published quarterly by NHS England as part of their NHS Workforce Statistics Collection. The data is available at the following link, and can be found in the Turnover SG and Region HC tab:


Joiners and leavers can also be filtered by grades in the Turnover, age & nationality tab.

The data includes staff employed by NHS trusts and integrated care boards but excludes staff directly employed by primary care, general practitioner surgeries, local authorities, and other providers such as community interest companies and private providers.

The count of “leavers” includes staff leaving to work in primary care, for local authorities and for private providers. Each year there is flows of staff going each way between NHS Trusts and other health providers.

In the past year we have seen record numbers of staff across the NHS, including record numbers of doctors and nurses. Total staff numbers are 5.2% higher than a year ago, and there are 4.8% more doctors and 5.2% more nurses. This is driven by numbers of joiners remaining above number of leavers.

The first ever NHS Long Term Workforce Plan has set out as series of interventions to train, retain, and reform the workforce and put the NHS on a sustainable footing for the future. It outlines actions to retain our dedicated NHS workforce by allowing greater flexibility and career progression and improving culture, leadership, and wellbeing, while continuing to focus on equality and inclusion.

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