NHS staffing tracker

Monitoring and analysis of key workforce targets and trends.

The NHS in England employs some 1.5 million people, making it the country’s biggest employer. However, it is increasingly apparent that the NHS doesn’t have enough staff to meet demand. It is clear that urgent action is needed. In order to monitor key developments in staff numbers and the commitments made to the NHS workforce, this NHS staffing tracker will provide transparency on progress against some important national ambitions regarding the number of GPs, mental health staff, and nurse vacancies.

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Vacancy rates for nurses and doctors 30/06/2020



1. Data show the shortfall in reported full-time equivalent (FTE) staff in post against planned workforce levels. A vacancy is defined as a post that is unfilled by permanent or fixed-term staff. Agency or temporary staff may fill some vacant posts. Total vacancy rates are a calculation of the total number of FTE vacancies with the total funded or budgeted establishment comprised of the number of staff in post and the number of vacant posts.

2. NHS Improvement collect the data used in this chart directly as part of their monthly workforce data collection. This information is not directly comparable to the data in the NHS Digital publication because of differences in methodology and definition. This data represents management information only and is not an official statistic.


NHS England & Improvement’s latest quarterly performance of the NHS provider sector.

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