• Kenneth Gibson MSP

NHS Scotland and NHSAA Workforce at Record High


NHS Scotland’s workforce has reached a record high of more than 155,000 whole time equivalent (WTE) staff.

The latest figures show that as of 31 December 2021, NHS Ayrshire & Arran (NHSAA) employed a record 11,353 people filling 9,463.3 WTE positions. This is an increase of 426 people compared to the year before, who filled a WTE of 9,073. The number of doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, and support staff working across Scotland’s hospitals and in communities increased by over 7,000 in the past year alone.

Staffing levels have now increased for ten consecutive years in NHS Scotland and have grown by over 28,500 (WTE) since 2006, meaning an extra 22.6% staff working in the health service

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“The NHSAA workforce has risen to a record high under the SNP Government, and long-term investment in this workforce has accelerated since the outset of the pandemic.

“I would like to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of our frontline healthcare staff for the vital role they continue to play as we reach the tailend of a devastating 2-year pandemic.

"The SNP Government’s record £300 million of new investment helped services acros NHSAA and beyond deal with system pressures over winter, and the £1 billion NHS Recovery Plan introduced a range of direct workforce investments.

“I am proud that Scotland has the best paid NHS staff in the UK, and have made £12 million available in the last year to support the wellbeing of the workforce. That is the kind of support that beats the applause."

The NHS Workforce statistics show total staff paid directly by NHS Scotland as at end December 2021 is now 155,834.1 whole time equivalent (WTE) or 180,653 headcount.


NHS Scotland’s staffing levels are up by 28,772.2 WTE since September 2006. That is a 22.6% increase.


NHS Scotland staffing levels have increased by 7,197.4 WTE, or 4.8%, from the same point last year and by 9.4% since December 2019 .


NHS Scotland has higher staffing per head than NHS England – 28.5 WTE staff per 1,000 people in Scotland (Dec 2021), compared to 21.4 in England WTE (Oct 2021).


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