Annual number of nurses in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2016 (in 1,000)

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Number of nurses in thousands

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The statistic presents the total number of employed and self-employed nurses in the United Kingdom (UK) annually from 2010 to 2016. The number of nurses actively employed in the UK increased over the period observed from 501 thousand in 2010 to 675 thousand in 2016. In the United Kingdom, nurses can work in a variety of settings such as in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, hospices, community care and in academia. The majority of nurses work for the National Health Service (NHS) with a recorded 317.7 thousand working for the NHS full-time in 2015. Nurses can work in different specialties in medicine from surgery, to intensive care, to neurology or research. In order to be able to practice in the UK, all nurses must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC is responsible for establishing the standards of care, the standards of nursing education, the professional code of practice and for ensuring that every registered nurse and midwife is kept up to date with trainings.
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Release date
August 2016
United Kingdom
Survey time period
2010 to 2016
Number of respondents
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UK households
Method of interview
Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

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