NHS employees

NHS employee numbers

The 2015 NHS staff numbers have been published for various Trusts that are either partly or wholly based in Lancashire. The numbers cover clinical commissioning groups and foundation trusts, and are split by various medical and non-medical categories.  The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust are also included. Blackpool, East Lancashire, Lancashire Care and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts all recorded over 6,000 medical and non-medical staff in 2015. The total non-medical staff in these trusts was 45,915 and the total medical staff was 3,614. 

Table 1, Staff in NHS trust organisations that cover Lancashire and wider areas in the North West (headcounts)

Organisation Non-medical staff Medical and dental staff
Blackpool, Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 6,248 523
Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 1,020 18
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust 7,209 743
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust 6,565 242
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 6,980 787
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust 5,268  
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust[1] 3,203 301
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust[2] 4,897 510
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust[3] 4,525 490

Source  Health and Social Care information Centre

[1] Site in Lancashire is Ormskirk and District General Hospital, Ormskirk.

[2] Sites in Lancashire are Queen Victoria Hospital, Morecambe and Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster.

[3] Site in Lancashire is Wrightington Hospital, Appley Bridge. 

In October 2015, it was announced the Calderstones Partnership NHS Trust will close in 2018 with Mersey Care NHS Trust taking over its services. The 2015 staff number count for Calderstones was 1,038. 

In the eight Clinical Commissioning Groups covering Lancashire there were 976 practitioners (headcount numbers) and 3,612 other practice staff, including nurses (headcount numbers). These 2 counts are from different tables in which the figures for GPs do not tally so we ask that they should be treated with some caution. Staff numbers are likely to be volatile and it should be remembered that the figures are published for a period some months ago. The more detailed categories of staff do not seem to have been made available in the same format as in previous years, so we have been unable to produce the same longer article that was on this website before.

Table 2, Staff in Clinical Commissioning Groups that cover Lancashire (headcounts)

 Clinical Commissioning Group  General Practitioners  GP Practice Staff
 Blackburn with Darwen   107  398
 Blackpool   111  462
 Chorley and South Ribble   97  385
 East Lancashire   231  818
 Fylde & Wyre  94  397
 Greater Preston  134  460
 Lancashire North   129  424
 West Lancashire  73  268

Source  Health and Social Care information Centre

Page updated July 2016