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NMC Register Statistics 2003

Press statement:

Latest figures reveal a record number of practitioners on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register There are more practitioners on the UK register of nurses, midwives and health visitors than ever before, provisional statistics released by the NMC today reveal.

There are now 655,854 practitioners on the register, up from 644,024 in April last year, representing a rise of almost two percent. This includes an increase of about 11,500 nurses and 900 midwives.

The number of new registrations in the year 1 April 2002 - 31 March 2003 increased by about 1,000 from the previous year, with 31,677 practitioners registered for the first time. Of these, 12,825 were nurses and midwives from overseas (outside the EU), many of whom had completed varying periods of supervised practice in an approved UK setting

The NMC President, Jonathan Asbridge, said: "It is encouraging to see that we have been able to translate the increasing demand to register as a nurse, midwife or health visitor in the UK into actual numbers registered." The NMC's Chief Executive, Sarah Thewlis, said this is a great achievement in light of the access problems and delays faced when the NMC took over from the previous regulator one year ago: "We have and are continuing to monitor access and develop initiatives to deliver a smoother registration process, which means practitioners from the UK and abroad who have met our high standards can get on with their job of caring for the public."

Comparison of registration statistics:
Registration 2002-2003 2001-2003
Total registered 655,854 644,024
Nurses: 597,489 586,047
Midwives 34,063 33,165
Health visitors 24,302  
New Registrations: 2002-2003 2001-2002
UK: 18,048 14,538
EU: 804 1,091
Overseas: 12,825 15,064
Total: 31,677 30,693
Total numbers on the register 1990-2003:    
Year to 31st March Number  
1991 607,103 +22,350
1992 622,001 +14,898
1993 641,749 + 8,630
1996 645,011 + 2,060
1997 648,240 + 3,229
1999 634,229 - 3,220
2001 632,050 2,479
2002 644,025 +11,975
2003 655,854 +11830

For media enquiries, please contact on Tel. 020 7333 6557 or Stuart Skyte on Tel. 020 7333 6558. NB: A breakdown of the countries overseas nurses are coming from will be available in mid-May and a comprehensive statistical analysis of the register is likely to be published in late summer. New registration figures for the UK may be slightly inflated because of registration delays at the end of the previous year. Similarly, new overseas registrations may be understated because a number of applications became ready for decision at the end of March this year. Press statement 35/03 16 April 2003