Nursing and midwifery numbers rising

693,618 nurses and midwives are registered to work in the UK

Our latest figures show that number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK increased by almost 4,000 in the past twelve months. At the end of September there were 693,618 nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK – the highest September level in recent years.

The increase has been driven by a rise in UK trained nurses and midwives and those trained outside the EU.

The number of people trained in the UK and registered to work has increased by 3,457 over the last twelve months. While numbers from outside the EU have increased by 2,808.

Latest figures also show that the number of people on the register from the EU continues to decline with 2,385 fewer nurses and midwives registered to work. Despite this decline, the overall number of EU nurses and midwives remains well above pre-2015 levels.

The number of midwives registered to work in the UK is continuing to rise – with the last five years seeing a modest year on year increase.

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