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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Number of nursing apprenticeships being undertaken 30/06/2020



1. Data are a headcount of those starting nursing associate apprenticeships or nursing degree apprenticeships.

2. This data varies from the trainee nursing associate numbers reported through the Health Education England Corporate Performance Dashboard.

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