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NHS in England reports rise in physio numbers

9 April 2015 - 3:09pm

An extra 455 physiotherapists have been employed by the NHS in England over the past year, according to recently-published statistics.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre census, which recorded NHS staff numbers on 30 September, found a headcount of 23,006 physiotherapists working in England in September 2014, compared to 22,551 the previous year. This is a rise of two per cent, with the full time equivalent (FTE) numbers increasing from 19,058 to 19,530, a rise of 2.5 per cent.

The figures do not include staff working for GP practices or bank staff, but they may include temporarily absent staff, such as those on maternity leave.

Physiotherapy support staff (FTE) rose from 3,452 to 3,621, an increase of 4.9 per cent, although this may not include all staff working in a physiotherapy support role as some may be classified differently.

Overall the census showed the total number of NHS staff in England rose from 1,163,568 in September 2013 to 1,187,606 (FTE) in 2014, a 2.1 per cent rise.

Kate Moran, the CSP’s head of employment research, said: ‘The CSP welcomes the continued steady growth in the numbers of physiotherapists in the NHS in England which reflects the growing demand for their unique contribution to patient care.’

The census recorded that the number of FTE allied health professionals employed by NHS organisations in England rose by 2.7 per cent from 2013 to 2014. The number of doctors and nurses both increased by 1.8 per cent.

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