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Mental Health Services: Doctors

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 3090, tabled on 18 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mental health doctors there were in (a) 2010 and (b) 2021.

Answered on

7 June 2021

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, but not staff working in primary care, local authorities or other providers.

As at September 2010 there were 8,943 full time equivalent (FTE) HCHS doctors in the mental health workforce in the National Health Service in England, as at December 2020 this was 9,725 FTE, the latest available data.

Mental health service provision is also commissioned by the NHS from private sector providers. The above figures do not reflect staffing in the private sector.