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Data on medical, dental, nursing and midwifery staff, as at 31 March 2022.

Most of the staff groups at 31 March 2022 included staff on short-term or fixed contracts brought in to help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Between 31 March 2021 and 31 March 2022 (in terms of full-time equivalent numbers)

Chart showing the number of staff directly employed by the NHS in Wales, by staff group, at 31 March 2021 and 2022. All groups have increased since 31 March 2021.
  • The total number of staff increased by 2,685 (3.0%) to 90,943.
  • Medical and dental staff increased by 296 (4.1%) to 7,590.
  • Nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff increased by 50 (0.1%) to 36,077.
  • Other staff groups increased by 2,338 (5.2%) to 47,276.
  • Staff headcount increased by 2,647 (2.6%) to 105,328.


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 quality report.


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