- 31 July 2020
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Number Of Nurses Registered With NMC Reaches Record High
With the new statistics recently released by The Nursing & Midwifery Council, we take a look at how Brexit has Affected Nursing numbers and why the influx may be short-lived.
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The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) recently released updated nursing statistics for 2020 – and as always, it made for really interesting reading.
The headline undoubtedly is that the number of Nurses registered in the UK has risen by around 3%, from 698,237 to 716,607.
Here’s a summary of some of the most significant stats:
The Number Of Nurses From Outside The EEA Rises By 15%
The biggest driver behind the increase in the number of registered Nurses was those who joined from outside the EEA.
But The Number Of Nurses From Inside The EEA Plummets Again
Meanwhile, the impact of Brexit continues to be felt on the profession.
The Vast Majority Of New Nurses Are Adult Nurses
The number of Adult Nurses increased by more than 12,000, while the other disciplines increased only fractionally.
Meanwhile, the number of Learning Disabilities Nurses has actually fallen slightly.
These stats suggest that recruitment outside of Adult Nursing remains a big challenge.
Other Than Retirement, Pressure Is The Biggest Cause Of Nurses Leaving The Register
26.4% of respondents to the NMC’s survey for leavers said they had quit the profession due to the pressure of the job and the stress it created.
50% Of Leavers From The EEA Blame Brexit
This continues a worrying trend within the NHS.
The 21-40 Age Group Sees The Biggest Rise In Numbers
What's Next For Nursing Numbers?
It isn’t yet clear how Covid-19 will affect the nursing workforce.
Many retired Nurses have of course temporarily re-joined, and will likely leave again as the pandemic recedes.
But perhaps more significantly, the limits on international travel will have a far bigger impact.
After all, long haul routes will be the last to return to normal – and they connect countries like the Philippines and India which are responsible for a vital proportion of new recruits.
The government may have to stimulate recruitment somehow – and it’s possible that the student bursary could return.