NHS nursing staff working in England, split by region and nationality

21 Jul 2016

The Royal College of Nursing has published new figures, obtained from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which show the number of nurses from European Union countries working in each English region.

The figures show that there were 22,357 EU nurses working in the English NHS at 31 March 2016.

The figures show the extent to which the health service in reliant on EU colleagues, and the RCN is calling on the Government to secure the future of EU nurses working in the UK.

You can download a breakdown of the number of European nurses working in each region here.

You can download the full list of nurses working in each English region broken down by nationality here.


  • Figures show total nursing staff by headcount, split by nationality, working in England in NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Qualified Nursing, Health Visiting and Midwifery staff in NHS Trusts and CCGs in England by Health Education England region as at 31 March 2016.
  • Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre data released to the Royal College of Nursing July 2016
  • HSCIC says: “The nationality field available within the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system upon which these figures are based, contains self-reported information from individual employees. Nationally over 100,000 NHS staff records do not contain useful data with people choosing not to specify their nationality or not asked to. In addition, as nationality is self-reported the value entered by an individual may reflect their cultural heritage rather than their country of birth. As such, these figures should be treated with a significant degree of caution.”

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