Earlier this month the Nursing and Midwifery Council published its latest annual report covering the period April 2019 to March 2020.

This data shows the number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK at a record high of 716,607. This represents an increase of more than 18,000 on the previous year.

According to the NMC, the data also shows that the number of people leaving these vital professions has fallen to a five-year low.

The increase in registrations is due to higher numbers of people registering both from within the UK as well as beyond the European Economic Area.

Nursing and midwifery numbers in the UK have been struggling over the last few years with increasing numbers leaving the professions. At one point the number of nursing vacancies stood at over 40,000 in England alone.

In response to the new data the Chief Executive of the NMC, Andrea Sutcliffe, commented, “We all need to use the insight our registration data reveals to focus on creating the right environment, conditions and incentives to support the sustainable recruitment and retention of nursing and midwifery staff now and for the future.”

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