Number of NHS nurses, allied health professionals and psychiatrists in post

This chart shows how the number of psychiatrists, NHS mental health nurses, applied psychologists and psychological therapists has changed over the last three and a quarter years, at provider level, regionally and nationally.


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Policy context

The Government’s mental health workforce plan, produced by Health Education England, sets out its ambitions to expand the mental health workforce from the baseline year of 2017 onwards.

By 2020/21, this calls for:

  • 8,100 additional nurses
  • 570 additional consultant psychiatrists
  • 4,200 additional allied health professional and scientific therapeutic and technical staff.

These data provide a useful marker of capacity in the system to deliver the ambitions set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and the Long-Term NHS Plan

Note: The figures show the headcount of full time equivalent staff working in NHS trusts.

Numbers of psychiatrists refers to FTE across all grades. Numbers of nurses refer to FTE community mental health and other mental health nurses across all grades. Applied psychology and psychological therapy refers to FTE for those two roles across all grades.

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