According to the latest statistics from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) the number of nurses and midwives working in the UK has increased by almost 4,000 over the last year.
The figures show an increase in the number of staff from the UK and countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).
By the end of September, there were 693,618 nurses and midwives, a positive rise in comparison to 689,738 recorded in the same period last year.
The number of nurses and midwives trained in the UK, and are now registered, also increased by 3,457 over the last twelve months.
Commenting on the latest report, Head of Health and Social Policy at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Sean O’Sullivan said: “The rise in the number of midwives although modest is welcome as is the Government’s commitment to 3,000 more midwives in England announced this summer. However, it will be many years before these are all, hopefully, working in our NHS.”
The latest figures also showed a continued decline in the number of staff on the UK register from within the EU with 2,385 fewer registered.
Despite this decline, this figure is still above pre-2015 levels.
Interim Chief Executive and Registrar for NMC, Sue Killen, said: “We’re seeing increasing numbers of home grown nurses and midwives, while it’s clear that improvements to the way we register people from outside the EU are making a real difference to the numbers ready and able to deliver the very best care to people across the UK.
“However it’s not all good news as there is a continuing decline in nurses and midwives applying to join the register from the EU.
“Despite the overall increase in numbers it remains difficult to predict what will happen in the coming years.”
Full registration statistics can be found on the NMC website here.
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