This chart shows the total number of full-time equivalent NHS Hospital & Community Health Service (HCHS) and General Practice staff broken down into specific categories between 2004 and 2014.
In 2014, there were 1,187,606 staff in the NHS – this is 144,228 more staff than in 2004.
Qualified nursing staff represented nearly a third of all NHS staff in 2014, the largest single category of staff, with 328,577 nurses. Support to clinical staff comprised a slightly smaller proportion of staff, at about 26 per cent.
The smallest major workforce category was qualified ambulance staff, with only 17,700 staff in 2014.
This data set shows the number of staff employed at the end of September each year. Several staffing changes and methodology changes mean that direct comparison throughout a series should be treated with caution.