• 26 March 2021
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Stats And Facts: UK Nursing, Social Care And Healthcare 2021

  • Matt Farrah
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Complete list of at-a-glance data for UK Nursing, Social Care And Healthcare. Updated and added to regularly. Tell us if anything is missing!

Throughout our articles on Nurses.co.uk we detail A LOT of facts and figures. We love facts and work hard to make sure we are up to date and correct. So we thought it would be useful to have a one-stop-shop for facts and stats. There’s no fluff here, just the data!

Topics Covered In This Article

Pay

Nursing Facts And Figures

Social Care Facts And Figures

Healthcare Facts And Figures

Pay

Pay is a huge topic that we cover extensively in articles on Nurses.co.uk.

Here are some of them.

Agenda for Change NHS Pay Scale and Bands 2021 to 2022

NHS Pay Calculator

Guide to Nurse pay bands in 2021

Overview of UK Nurse salaries 

Midwife pay 

Healthcare Assistant pay 

Registered Manager pay

Care Home Manager pay 

Social Worker pay

Support Worker pay

Care Assistant pay

Nursing Facts And Figures

How many Nurses are there in the UK?

There are 669,854 registered Nurses in the UK.

How many UK Nurses are there in each field of practice / branch of Nursing?

540,527 = Adult Nurses

90,203 = Mental Health Nurses

52,286 = Childrens Nurses

17,179 = Learning Disability Nurses

4,100 = Nursing Associates (NMC approved trained as of Feb 2021)

How quickly do student Nurses find a job?

94% of Nursing graduates find a job within 6 months of finishing their degree.

How many Nurses work in the NHS?

There are 301,381 full-time equivalent NHS Nurses working in the UK according to the most recent NHS data.

How many NHS Nursing vacancies are there in 2021?

There are more than 36,000 NHS nursing vacancies according to the most recent data published.

How many Nurses are there per capita in the UK?

At the most recent count there were 7.8 Nurses for every 1,000 British people – which is slightly below the average among developed nations of 8.8, and under half the number there are in Norway (17.7).

How many Nurses have left the NHS because of Brexit?

According to a survey of 88 NHS Hospital trusts, 22,600 EU nationals have left their NHS nursing positions because of Brexit.

How many people are applying to become a Nurse?

In 2020, 37,365 nursing students were accepted on to courses, which was a 23.8% increase from 2019.

In February 2021 UCAS figures revealed 60,130 applicants for Nursing degrees by the January deadline (more information here).

How many nurses joined the NMC register in 2021?

The NMC Register report for 2020/21 shows there were in total 34,577 first-time joiners to the Register in 2020-21, compared to 38,323 the previous year (see our article on this).

How many nurses left the NMC register in 2021?

The number of nursing professionals leaving the Register is the lowest in five years. 23,936 people left the register in 2020-21. This is compared to a peak of almost 35,000 in the year 2016-17.

What is the average age of a UK Nurse?

The majority of UK Nurses are over the age of 40 – but an exact average is difficult to pinpoint.

What is the average salary for a UK Nurse?

The average salary for a UK Nurse is somewhere between £33,000 and £35,000.

How much does the NHS spend on bank and agency nurses?

The NHS spends approximately £1.5 billion on bank and agency nursing shifts, according to the most recently available data.

What percentage of Nurses are male?

11% of registered Nurses in the UK are male.

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Social Care Facts And Figures

How many people requiring care don’t get enough support?

A reported 1.2 million vulnerable people who need care get by with little or no help at all.

How many people work in adult Social Care?

Approximately 1.52 million people work in the adult Social Care sector.

How many jobs are there in Social Care in the UK?

According to Skillsforcare data, in 2020, there were 1.6m jobs in social care.

What is the average age of a care sector employee?

The average age of a care sector worker in the UK is 44.

How many non-British nationals work in the adult Social Care sector?

Around 250,000 care sector workers are non-British, and around 113,000 are EU nationals. So, 24% of the UK care workforce are non-British nationals.

How many vacancies are there in the care sector?

There are around 112,000 vacancies at any one time within the care sector.

What percentage of Social Care jobs are in the private sector?

78% of social care jobs are in the private sector.

How many Care Home residents are there in the UK?

There are approximately 418,000 Care Home residents in the UK.

How many Care Homes are there in the UK?

Some figures suggest there are 21,723 Care Homes in the UK.

However, according to the CQC data (30.01.21) there are 15,675 Care Homes. Of these, 11,292 are Residential Homes and 4,383 are Nursing Homes.

How many Care Homes are rated as Outstanding by the CQC?

6.4% of the Care Homes in the UK are rated as “Outstanding” (656 homes)

Here’s how the rest are rated by the CQC:

73.8% “good” (11,564 homes)

15% “requires improvement” (2,348 homes)

1.2% “inadequate” (190 homes)

How many Home Care agencies are there in the UK?

There are 11,650 Home Care agencies in the UK.

How many Home Care agencies in the UK are not inspected?

3,138 Home Care agencies are not inspected in the UK.

How are the Home Care agencies the CQC has inspected broken down?

5.4.% “outstanding”

82.2% “good”

11.7% “requires improvement”

0.7% “inadequate”

(Find out more about the CQC and Registered Homes here.)

How many Social Workers are there in the UK?

There are 108,000 Social Workers in the UK.

Healthcare Facts And Figures

How many people work for the NHS?

The NHS employs more than 1.3 million staff, making it the largest employer in Europe and the 11th biggest employer in the world.

New healthcare jobs over the next decade

There are forecast to be an extra 3.2 million health jobs created between 2021 and the end of the decade.

How many GP surgeries are there in the UK?

There are just under 7,000 GP surgeries in the UK, according to the most recent data.

How much does the UK spend on healthcare?

Spend on healthcare per capita in the UK is £2,940, which ranks the UK as the 18th highest healthcare spending country.

How many hospitals are there in the UK?

At the most recent count there were 1,910 hospitals in the UK.

How many private hospitals are there in the UK?

There are currently 515 private hospitals in the UK.

How much of the UK has access to private healthcare?

Around 11% of the UK population has some form of private medical insurance.

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  • Matt Farrah
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I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded Nurses.co.uk and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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  • Matt Farrah
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I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded Nurses.co.uk and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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