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Number of nurses in the UK 2010-2018

Annual number of nurses in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2018 (in 1,000)

by Conor Stewart, last edited Aug 22, 2019
Number of nurses in the UK 2010-2018 In 2018 there were approximately 639 thousand nurses in employment in the United Kingdom (UK). This is an overall increase from 2010 when there were around 500 thousand nurses, although in 2016 there was a peak of 675 thousand nurses.

Trends among other healthcare personnel in the UK 

The number of medical practitioners employed in the UK amounted to approximately 259 thousand in 2018. Although this is a decline from the number in 2015, it is an increase from the 216 thousand practitioners in 2010, which shows that it follows a similar pattern to the number of nurses. The number of midwives in the UK amounted to 36 thousand in 2018, but has been declining in numbers since 2013.

Impact of Brexit

Since the UK made the decision to leave the European Union, the number of new nurses and midwives from the EEA has significantly decreased. In the year 2018/19, the number of new registrants from the EEA was less than one thousand, while almost 9.4 thousand joined from the EEA in 2015/16, which was before the referendum concerning the EU membership. 
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Annual number of nurses in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2018 (in 1,000)

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