Nurse numbers increase by 8,570 in the past year

The number of nurses has gone up as the government works to increase nursing numbers in the NHS by 50,000 in the next 5 years | Department of Health & Social Care

Since 2010, there have been increases of more than:

  • 20,000 more doctors
  • 18,500 more nurses, midwives and health visitors
  • 4,900 more paramedics

The government has said there will be 50,000 more nurses and 6,000 more doctors in general practice by 2025. This will be supported by £33.9 billion of funding a year for the NHS by 2024 to 2025, which is being made law.

The latest UCAS statistics show the number of nursing applicants to English universities has risen for the second year running. There have been 35,960 applicants to nursing and midwifery courses at English universities in 2020 – a 6% rise compared to 2019.

Full story at Department of Health & Social Care

NHS publishes latest NHS staff survey results

NHS England | February 2020 | NHS publishes latest NHS staff survey results

The findings of the NHS staff survey indicate that a little over  80 per cent of NHS staff are satisfied that they are providing the best care to patients. 

The annual survey of more than 560,000 NHS workers found that 13 per cent of staff reported being bullied, harassed or abused by their own manager in the past 12 months and almost a fifth, 19 per cent, said they had experienced abuse from colleagues.


Black and minority ethnic staff are also 14 per cent more likely to experience violence from members of the public or patients while discrimination on the grounds of ethnic background increased by four percentage points since 2018.

See NHS England NHS publishes latest NHS staff survey results

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A&E attendances twice as high for people in the most deprived areas as in the least deprived

NHS Digital | September 2019 | A&E attendances twice as high for people in the most deprived areas as in the least deprived

NHS Digital figures reveal that the most deprived 10% of the population (3.1 million) are more likely to attend A & E when compared with the least deprived tenth of the population (1.5 million).



The report collates newly published data from NHS Digital’s Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) with previously published data from NHS England and NHS Improvement’s A&E Attendances and Emergency.

The HES data shows:

  • Monday is the busiest day of the week and the most popular time of arrival is between 10am and 12pm
  • The number of reattendances to A&E within 7 days was 1.9 million and accounted for 8.7% of all reported attendances
  • Patients arriving from 8am to 10am generally spent the shortest time in A&E with 16% of patients arriving between 8am and 8:59am spending one hour or less; and 90% of arrivals between 9am and 9:59am spending four hours or less
  • Looking at all arrival times, 1.5% (330,000) of all attendances in 2018/19 spent more than 12 hours in A&E, compared with 1.6% (333,000) in 2017/18. This measures the entire duration of stay in A&E.

Further details from NHS Digital

Hospital Accident and Emergency Activity 2018/19

Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England

NHS Digital | August 2019 | Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England

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The Office for National Statistics  and NHS Digital have released the findings of the biennial survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15), focusing on smoking, drinking and drug use. The survey covers a range of topics including prevalence, habits, attitudes, and for the first time in 2018, wellbeing.

A summary report showing key findings, excel tables with more detailed outcomes, technical appendices and a data quality statement (Source: NHS Digital).

Full details are available from NHS Digital



Childhood Vulnerability In England

Major study from Children’s Commissioner reveals over two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks.

This report examines the latest scale of, and trends over time in, rates of childhood vulnerability. It estimates the total number of children in England currently receiving statutory support or intervention (those who are ‘in the system’), to be 723,000 children.


The report estimates that 2.3 million children are living with risk because of a vulnerable family background. Within this group, it estimates that more than a third – 829,000 children – are ‘invisible’ (in the sense of not being known to services) and therefore not getting any support. Another 761,000 children – around a third – are known to services, but their level of support is unclear. Adding these two groups together, means that there are 1.6 million children from a vulnerable family background for whom the support is either patchy or non-existent.

Key Statistics:

  • 2.3m children growing up with a vulnerable family background
  • 1.6m children in families with complex needs for which there is no national established, recognised form of support
  • 829,000 children are ‘invisible’ to services
  • 25% of the amount councils spend on children now goes on the 1.1% of children who need acute and specialist services

Full detail: Childhood vulnerability in England 2019

Obesity a factor in over 700 000 hospital admissions in 2017/18

NHS Digital | May 2019 | 711,000 hospital admissions where obesity was a factor in 2017/18

NHS Digital figures on obesity released 8 May show the number of  hospital admissions, prescription items, prevalence among adults and children as well as physical activity and diet.

Hospital admissions

New figures in the report show that:

  • Around two thirds of the admissions where obesity was recorded as either a primary or secondary diagnosis in 2017/18 were for women (66%)
  • Of the 6,627 Finished Consultant Episodes (FCEs) for bariatric surgery in 2017/18, 79% of the patients were female.



The number of items prescribed by primary care for obesity treatment decreased by 8% from 401,000 items in 2017 to 371,000 items in 2018, and continues a downward trend since a peak of 1.45 million items in 2009. The Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) saw an increase for the first time in five years, rising from £6.9m in 2017 to £8.1m in 2018.

Obesity Prevalence

  • Adult obesity prevalence stood at 29% in 2017, an increase from 26% in 2016
  • Prevalence of child obesity in both Reception and Year 6 was over twice as high in the most deprived areas than in the least deprived areas; 13% compared to 6% in reception year, and 27% compared to 12% in Year 6.

Physical activity and diet

  • 68% of men and 64% of women aged 19 and over met the government’s physical activity guidelines for adults in 2017/18
  • 21% of men and 23% of women were classed as inactive in 2017/18
  • 20% of boys and 14% of girls were meeting the government’s physical activity guidelines for children
  • Women (32%) were more likely to consume the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, than men (26%)
  • 18% of children consumed the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day in 2017.

The full report, Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England, 2019, is available from NHS Digital 

Living longer: caring in later working life

Office for National Statistics | March 2019 | Living longer: caring in later working life

Living longer: caring in later working life– In this article, the Office for National Statistics (ONS)  lookS closer at the differences between men and women who work and care, examining  how who is being cared for drives the number of hours a carer provides and their ability to work. 

As the UK population gets older, an increasing number of workers are providing care towards the end of their working life for family members. One quarter of older female workers, and one- eighth of older male workers, have caring responsibilities.

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Topics covered in this article:

  • Older workers will increasingly have caring responsibilities
  • Who is providing unpaid care
  • A quarter of male workers provide care for a spouse
  • Caring for a parent is the most common type of caring
  • Who is being care for drives the number of hours spent caring
  • What impact does caring have on the carer?
  • What does this mean for the future?

See also:

Living longer: fitting it all in- working, caring and health later in life