Across England, the number of nurses increased by 14,813, and the number of doctors rose by 6,257 to a record 121,726.
On the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust employs 3,238 staff across all departments (as of August) – that is an increase of 133 year-on-year. Of that number, 1,517 are professionally qualified clinical staff made up of 212 HCHS doctors, 82 consultants, 11 associate specialists, 47 speciality doctors and 24 speciality registrars. In addition, there were 18 Year 2 doctors and a further 20 Year 1 doctors on the payroll supported by 815 nurses and health visitors, 60 midwives and 63 ambulance staff.
Between the start of the pandemic in March and the end of August, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust employed 18 new staff members.
Responding to this week’s NHS workforce statistics, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has said:
“Not only do we have 836 more doctors and 2,491 more NHS nurses working in the South East since last year, but our pipeline of future talent in nursing, medicine and general practice is now at record levels.
“We are well on our way to deliver on our manifesto commitment of 50,000 more nurses in the NHS. I’m deeply grateful for the continued hard work of all our NHS staff throughout this pandemic.”
In addition, recent figures for this year show the highest ever number of GPs entering training with 3,793 posts accepted, exceeding the mandated target of 3,250. Health Education England has increased GP trainee acceptances year on year for the last 7 years.
The latest UCAS figures show there are record numbers of people accepting a place to study nursing in England, with a 23% increase on the same time last year, or 5,000 more student nurses. A record number of people have also applied to study medicine next year.
Over the summer the NHS People Plan set out how the NHS will put staff wellbeing at its heart with a new recruitment, retention and support package. It sets out practical support for wellbeing such as safe spaces to rest and recuperate, wellbeing guardians and support to keep staff physically safe and healthy.
The NHS recently announced £15 million to strengthen mental health support for nurses, paramedics, therapists, pharmacists, and support staff. Staff will get rapid access to expanded mental health services that are being rolled out across the country as part of efforts to deal with the second wave of coronavirus.