Number of mental health staff


Published: 15/06/2021


1. Data are for mental health professionals working in hospital and community health services in England.

2. These data use the new definition of mental health workforce – this way of counting the workforce focuses on those staff who are specifically providing or supporting the provision of mental health care in a wide variety of ways. It excludes staff who might work at a mental health trust but who are not involved with providing the care.

3. The Health Education England target in the chart begins in August 2017, following the publication of the mental health workforce strategy in July 2017, and ends in March 2021, which is the end of the 2020/21 rolling year. The target for 26,000 additional mental health staff outlined in the Mental Health Implementation Plan starts at March 2019 on the chart and ends in March 2024.