Trends among other healthcare personnel in the UK
The number of medical practitioners employed in the UK amounted to approximately 339 thousand in 2021. Aside from some slight fluctuations, the number of practitioners has significantly increased since 2010. The number of nurses in the UK has followed a similar pattern since 2010, with almost 661 thousand in employment in 2019, an increase of nearly 130 thousand since 2010. However, the number of nurses in 2021 has decreased significantly.
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.