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Data on medical, dental, nursing and midwifery staff, as at 31 December 2019.

This is the first quarterly publication of NHS staffing data to provide more timely data. No data in this update covers the period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Chart showing NHS staff by staff group at 31 December 2019 compared with the previous year. The chart shows that apart from 'HCAs and other support staff', and 'other non-medical staff', all the staff groups show an increase at 31 December 2019.

Between 31 December 2018 and 31 December 2019 (in terms of full-time equivalent numbers)

  • The total number of directly employed NHS staff increased by 1,881 (2.4%) to 81,541.
  • Medical and dental staff increased by 173 (2.6%) to 6,741.
  • Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff increased by 336 (1.0%) to 33,350.
  • Other staff groups increased by 1,373 (3.4%) to 41,450.


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

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.

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 latest annual statistical report.


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