Record numbers of doctors working in the NHS

NHS workforce data for August shows the number of nurses in the NHS in England increased by 14,813 compared to last year, and the number of doctors rose to a record 121,726.

Quarterly vacancy statistics revealed by the Department of Health and Social Care show that the number of overall NHS vacancies has decreased since last year by over 18,500 (17.5 per cent), with the number of nursing and midwifery vacancies falling by over 15 per cent.

Additionally, recent figures for this year show the highest ever number of GPs entering training with 3,793 posts accepted, exceeding the mandated target of 3,250. Health Education England has increased GP trainee acceptances year on year for the last seven years.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Not only do we have record numbers of doctors and over 14,800 more nurses working in our NHS than last year, but our pipeline of future talent in nursing, medicine and general practice is now at record levels. We are well on our way to deliver on our manifesto commitment of 50,000 more nurses in the NHS. I’m deeply grateful for the continued hard work of all our NHS staff throughout this pandemic.”

The NHS People Plan set out how the NHS will put staff wellbeing at its heart with a new recruitment, retention and support package. It sets out practical support for well-being such as safe spaces to rest and recuperate, well-being guardians and support to keep staff physically safe and healthy.