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27/08/13 09:42

NHS staffing levels up

Mandatory planning tools working well.

More people are now working in the NHS across Scotland, according to new figures.

Statistics released today by ISD Scotland show that the number of NHS staff is 133,378.9 whole time equivalent (WTE), which is an increase of 1.5 per cent over the past year.

Figures also show that there are now 42,112.3 WTE qualified nurses and midwives working in NHSScotland, which is an increase of 2.6 per cent on September 2006.

It is the first publication of workforce figures since national nursing workforce planning tools were made mandatory in April this year.

Workforce projection figures published today show that the number of NHS staff is expected to rise by 0.9 per cent in 2013/14.

The number of nursing and midwifery posts is expected to increase by 1.5 per cent.

Figures published today also show that there has been a 23.1 per cent reduction in the number of senior managers since 2010, which shows that good progress is being made towards the target of a 25 per cent reduction by 1 April 2015.

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil said:

“These figures reflect the fact that we now have mandatory nursing workforce planning tools in place across Scotland, and that they are working well in helping health boards to plan for the number of staff they require.

"These latest figures show an increase in the number of staff, and of the number of nurses and midwives working across Scotland, and it is vital we continue to be led by in-depth planning to make sure the right numbers of the right staff group are working in the right place.

“By using these tools we can be confident that we have the right number of staff required to provide safe, effective and person centred care to patients.

“There is also excellent progress towards meeting the nationally set target that we reduce the number of senior managers by 25 per cent by April 2015.

“I am in no doubt that we are making good progress in reshaping the NHS so it is best placed to meet the needs of patients in the 21st century.”

Notes to editors


Full paper available on ISD Scotland website at:




Change from



NHS Total (excluding GPs & GDs)





Qualified Nurses & Midwives 1





Consultant 2





Allied Health Professionals





Source: ISD Scotland National Statistics, NHS Scotland Workforce - Data as at 30 June 2013

● Data are presented to one decimal place

1. Qualified - AfC bands 5 to 9 (from 2007), Registered staff (pre 2007). Includes nurse interns.

2. Consultant includes Directors of Public Health