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What we publish

Our register tells us how many nurses, midwives and nursing associates are currently able to practise in the United Kingdom (UK).

We publish data from our register every six months.

As well as the size of the register, our reports show the number of joiners and leavers, and a breakdown of the register by age and field of practice, over a 12 month period.

The latest report - 31 March 2019

Register data report, 31 March 2019  Easy read data report, 31 March 2019

Data by registered country in the UK, 31 March 2019

Register data tables, 31 March 2019

How the register has changed in the last 12 months

  • On 31 March 2019, there were 698,237 people on our register - up by 7,959 (1.2 percent) since the same time last year.
  • The number of people from the UK on our register increased by 5,169 (0.9 percent) between March 2018 and March 2019.
  • There was a 126 percent increase in the number of nurses and midwives from outside of the EU registering for the first time – rising from 2,720 last year to 6,157 this year.
  • The number of people from the EEA on our register decreased by 2,080 (5.9 percent) between March 2018 and March 2019.

We also surveyed nurses and midwives who left our register between 1 May 2018 and 31 October 2018 to ask them why they left. 

Findings from that survey show that the top reason for leaving was retirement, however almost a third (1,050) of the 3,504 respondents cited too much pressure leading to stress and/or poor mental health as a top reason for leaving.

How to interpret our data

The number of people on our register is constantly changing and can vary considerably from the start to the end of the month.

The overall number of people on our register is taken from the last day of March in each year, whereas the joiners’ and leavers’ data are cumulative totals from the whole year (1 April – 31 March). 

Also, not everyone on our register will currently be working as a nurse, midwife or nursing associate, or working in the field they are registered in.

You can find more details on how to interpret our data in the reports.

Previous reports

Register data report, 30 September 2018 and register data tables, 30 September 2018

Register data report, 31 March 2018

Register data report, 30 September 2017

Register data report, 31 March 2017