NHS in numbers today

NHS activity

  • The NHS sees about 1.3m people a day, which is equal to the entire population of Estonia.10 years ago in the year 2011/12 the number was 1.25 million.
  • There are 1,600 babies born a day/one birth every 54 seconds.
  • The NHS has more patients sleep in our beds each night than there are hotel rooms in London (140.000).
  • The NHS cleans an area the size of Gibraltar every day.
  • The NHS provides up to 227 meals every minute for staff, patients, and visitors – that’s 326,880 meals a day, which is the same as feeding a meal to the entire population of Shropshire.
  • The NHS accounts for 40% of all public sector emissions and 3.5% of all road transport. All NHS trusts now have a green plan in place which will save more than 1 million tonnes of carbon over the next three years (same as taking 520,000 cars off the road)

NHS Vaccination Programme

  • The NHS has delivered 128 million vaccinations since December 2020, including 45 million first doses, 42 million second doses and 33 million boosters. More than 4 million spring and over 17 million autumn boosters have been administered this year.
  • COVID-19 vaccines saved around 20 million lives globally in the first year of the vaccination programme.
  • 105,900 deaths and 24,088,000 infections have been prevented because of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme, as of August 2021.
  • UK Health Security Agency estimates that around 186,600 hospitalisations have been prevented in those aged 25 years and over in England from 13 December 2021 to 17 April 2022 inclusive.
  • The NHS Volunteer Responder programme has recruited 458,297 active volunteers since the programme started – of whom, 144,203 were registered as steward volunteers.
  • More than 2.2 million tasks have been completed and 361,672 steward volunteer shifts have been fulfilled – amounting to around 1.5 million hours of volunteering

Providers and commissioners of NHS services in England

  • 42 integrated care boards which each have an integrated care partnerships
  • 229 total number of trusts, including 154 foundation trusts
  • 50 mental health trusts
  • 10 ambulance trusts
  • 124 acute trusts
  • 220 general acute hospitals; 49 specialist hospitals; 246 community hospitals
  • 826 community providers
  • 6,925 GP practices.

NHS staff

  • In August 2022, across Hospital and Community Healthcare Services (HCHS), the NHS employed (full-time equivalent): 130,398 doctors; 319,616 nurses and health visitors; 21,231 midwives; 157,098 scientific, therapeutic and technical staff; and 17,870 ambulance staff.

Health and population

  • Life expectancy for English men in 2018-20: 79.3 years.
  • Life expectancy for English women in 2018-20: 83.1 years.
  • The population of the UK is projected to increase by 3.2%, from an estimated 67.1 million in mid-2020 to 69.2 million in mid-2030.
  • UK population growth over the next 10 years is projected to be driven by a net 2.2 million people migrating into the country.
  • There will be an increasing number of older people; the number of people aged 85 years and over was estimated to be 1.7 million in 2020 (2.5% of the UK population) and this is projected to almost double to 3.1 million by 2045 (4.3% of the UK population).