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Data on medical, dental, nursing and midwifery staff, as at 30 June 2020.

This is the third quarterly publication of NHS staffing data to provide more timely data. Data in this update includes the first phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Most of the staff groups at 30 June 2020 included staff on short term or fixed contracts. These included health professional students and recently retired staff brought in to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chart showing the number of staff directly employed by the NHS in Wales, by staff group, at 30 June 2019 and 2020. All groups, except 'other non-medical staff', have increased since 30 June 2019.

Between 30 June 2019 and 30 June 2020 (in terms of full-time equivalent numbers)

  • The total number of directly employed NHS staff increased by 5,429 (6.8%) to 85,458.
  • Medical and dental staff increased by 577 (9.0%) to 7,016.
  • Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff increased by 2,846 (8.6%) to 35,897.
  • Other staff groups increased by 2,006 (4.9%) to 42,545.


Data has been published on StatsWales. There is no statistical release.

This data has some seasonal patterns. Medical and dental and nursing staff numbers tend to decline in the period up until August and then increase from September as graduates start. As such, comparisons are made with the same quarter from the previous year.

Over recent years a number of data quality issues have been identified with the data. Full details are provided in the latest annual statistical release.


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