Northern Ireland: Results of Health and Social Care Workforce Census

04 October 2019

The Department of Health has released details of the latest Northern Ireland Health and Social Care (HSC) workforce census.

The publication covers the majority of hospital, community and social services workforce. Key points include that the Belfast HSC Trust was the largest trust and the largest HSC organisation within Northern Ireland, employing 31% of all HSC staff.

The largest ‘occupational family’ was nursing, midwifery and health visiting, with 19,736 whole-time equivalent (WTE) posts, representing 34% of the workforce.

Of all staff, 38% (22,114 WTE) were employed in Bands 1 to 4, 79% of staff were female, and 56% (by headcount) worked full-time.

Health visitors made up 3% of the total registered nursing staff of 17,405 people.

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