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Midwives: Retirement

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 118632, tabled on 4 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS midwives in England are recorded as having retired in each month since January 2020.

Answered on

14 February 2022

NHS Digital collects Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics. These include staff working in hospital trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups, but not staff working in General Practice surgeries, local authorities or other providers.

Data on the National Health Service (NHS) workforce is drawn from the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). ESR is the Human resources (HR) and payroll system for the NHS.

The following table shows data for HCHS midwives who left the NHS with a recorded reason for leaving of ‘retirement’, in England, January 2020 to July 2021, headcount.

Period

Reason for Leaving ‘Retirement’, Headcount

January 2020

50

February 2020

50

March 2020

52

April 2020

88

May 2020

43

June 2020

44

July 2020

43

August 2020

62

September 2020

42

October 2020

50

November 2020

75

December 2020

73

January 2021

61

February 2021

31

March 2021

45

April 2021

100

May 2021

66

June 2021

65

July 2021

67

The reason for leaving ‘Retirement’ reproduced in these statistics is the value as input by individual organisations as part of their standard HR processes. The reason for leaving information is not completed for all leavers so not all episodes of retirement may be captured in these figures.