Over the last year the number of people joining the register from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) fell by 24 percent, including a three month period at the start of the pandemic where numbers collapsed to almost zero.

Despite this, people from outside the EEA account for more than half (9,156) of the total growth of the register, with professionals trained in the Philippines (2,673) and India (4,360) continuing to make up the largest proportion of new international joiners to the UK register.

The NMC’s annual registration data report shows the number of people on its register has grown and those leaving is at its lowest in five years.

 

The NMC Register’, the professional regulator’s most comprehensive annual registration data report to-date, shows the number of people on its permanent register has grown by 15,311 (2.1 percent) to an overall total of 731,918. This includes 11,673 more nurses, 1,152 more midwives and 2,660 more nursing associates.

The number of people leaving the register is at its lowest in five years, with fewer than 24,000 (23,936) people leaving in 2020-21 compared to a peak of almost 35,000 (34,941) in 2016-17. Other than retirement (51.6 percent), the key reasons for leaving included too much pressure (22.7 percent) and the impact of a negative workplace culture (18.1 percent).

Commenting on the NMC’s most recent data report, Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“There’s no doubt this has been a year unlike any other. It’s been difficult and, at times, traumatic for our incredible nursing and midwifery professionals, who’ve worked tirelessly to continue to care for people in the most challenging of circumstances.

“Given the impact of the pandemic, it’s great our register has continued to grow and overall, today’s report paints a picture of cautious optimism.

“However, while our register shows welcome and much needed positive UK growth overall, the pace of that growth has slowed. We’ve also seen the continued reliance on international recruitment, which makes us vulnerable to the impact of world events, as the early months of the pandemic showed.

“It’s also great to see fewer people have left our register, but we know from our leavers’ survey that workplace pressures and stress are among the key reasons for leaving. As we begin to address the longer term effects of Covid-19 on our health and care services, it’s clear we must do all we can to support the physical and mental wellbeing of our professionals so they feel able to stay.

“The pandemic has driven a surge of interest in our wonderful professions. It’s now the responsibility for all of us as leaders across the health and care system to heed the underlying pressures and work together to develop, support and sustain the nursing and midwifery workforce we need to cope with the future challenges ahead.”

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Over the last year the number of people joining the register from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) fell by 24 percent, including a three month period at the start of the pandemic where numbers collapsed to almost zero.

Despite this, people from outside the EEA account for more than half (9,156) of the total growth of the register, with professionals trained in the Philippines (2,673) and India (4,360) continuing to make up the largest proportion of new international joiners to the UK register.

 

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