The chart above shows the average annual percentage change in the number of all full-time equivalent (FTE) NHS staff between 2004 and 2014.
The total number of all NHS staff has increased by 14 per cent between 2004 and 2014, with an average annual increase of 1.3 per cent. However, the size of increase varies by staff role type.
The total number of doctors has increased from 109,483 in 2004 to 141,421 in 2014 – an average annual increase of 2.6 per cent. Nurses, ambulance and infrastructure support staff see a comparatively modest growth in numbers. Also, ambulance staff saw a decrease in numbers between 2005 and 2006, which can be associated with changes in the way the ambulance service was organised.
Some of the non-clinical staff categories have seen decreases in numbers, especially management, and those working to maintain facilities.