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Data on medical, dental, nursing and midwifery staff, as at 30 September 2018.

Chart showing the number of staff directly employed by the NHS in Wales each year between 1979 and 2018 broken down by staff group. The chart shows that since 1979 the number of full time equivalent staff has increased by 68.5% and 1.4% in the most recent year.

A number of data quality issues have been identified with the data for this release. This mostly affects some of the more detailed staff breakdowns. Full details are provided in the statistical report.

Between 30 September 2017 and 30 September 2018 (in terms of full-time equivalent numbers)

  • The total number of directly employed NHS staff increased by 1,084 (1.4%) to 79,054.
  • Medical and dental staff increased by 156 (2.4%) to 6,539.
  • Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff decreased by 47 (0.1%) to 32,927.
  • Scientific, therapeutic and technical staff increased by 406 (3.2%) to 13,206.
  • Administration and estates staff increased by 511 (2.9%) to 17,895.
  • Other staff increased by 46 (0.7%) to 6,392.


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