Number of paramedics in the UK 2010-2019

Across the ten-year period shown, the number of paramedics in the United Kingdom (UK) has fluctuated. In 2010 there were approximately 22 thousand paramedics employed in the UK. This figure increased to 29 thousand by 2015 before falling to 28 thousand paramedics in employment in 2019.

Emergency responses

Paramedics work on the frontline of patient care in the UK and are thus trained in different aspects of emergency medicine. They respond to 999 and 111 calls, which in the UK are the emergency services’ number and the NHS number for medical problems respectively. In 2016/17, there were over 2.6 million emergency calls in England that resulted in an ambulance arriving at the scene, with around 1.9 million of those patients being treated and discharged by paramedics on the scene.

State of other healthcare positions

Across the same time period, the number of physicians in the UK increased by over 22 thousand, resulting in approximately 189 thousand physicians in 2018. Additionally, the number of practicing nurses in the UK has also increased by around eight percent between 2000 and 2018, to approximately 517 thousand nurses in 2018.  

Annual number of paramedics in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019

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Source

Release date

October 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Number of respondents

32,319 respondents

Special properties

UK households

Supplementary notes

Numbers rounded to the nearest thousand.

Annual population survey data relating to employees and self-employed health professionals by occupation group (based on Standard Occupation Classification 2010, code 3213).

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