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NHS radiotherapy radiographic workforce data

NHS workforce by country

The table below shows the total NHS WTE of 3027 with a breakdown for each country. The number of posts, vacancies and vacancy rate are also displayed. 

 

Country

Workforce

WTE

Posts

Vacant WTE

Vacancy Rate

England

Therapeutic radiographers

2389

2598

165

6.35%

APs/TAPs

114

132

11

8.33%

England Total

2503

2730

176

6.45%

N Ireland

Therapeutic radiographers

127

124

38

30.65%

APs/TAPs

0

1

0

0.00%

N Ireland Total

127

125

38

30.40%

Scotland

Therapeutic radiographers

240

266

5

1.88%

APs/TAPs

8

10

0

0.00%

Scotland Total

248

276

5

1.81%

Wales

Therapeutic radiographers

148

166

6

3.61%

APs/TAPs

1

1

0

0.00%

Wales Total

149

167

6

3.59%

UK NHS

Therapeutic radiographers

2903

3154

214

6.79%

APs/TAPs

123

144

11

7.64%

UK NHS Total

3027

3298

225

6.82%

Note: AP/TAPs = Assistant practitioners / Trainee assistant practitioners

Respondents to the census also reported the number of posts which had been vacant for at least 3 months. The results show a 3 month vacancy rate of 6.3% for the radiotherapy radiographic workforce in the NHS.

NHS workforce by Agenda for Change (AfC) band

The table below illustrates that 86% of the radiotherapy radiographic workforce are employed in AfC bands 5 to 7.

 

Workforce

WTE by AfC band

Total

3

4

5

6

7

8a

8b

8c

8d

Radiotherapy radiographic workforce

38

86

779

1065

764

205

74

15

1

3027

NHS reasons for absence

The census also asked about reasons for absence: of the 3298 radiotherapy radiographic workforce NHS posts, 16 post holders are on career break (0.48%), 26 on long term sick leave (0.79%) and 144 on maternity leave (4.3%).

 

Reason for absence

Posts (headcount)

Percentage of post holders

Career break

16

0.48%

Long term sick leave

26

0.79%

Maternity leave

144

4.3%

Radiotherapy radiographic workforce in non-NHS radiotherapy providers

There are currently eight non-NHS providers of radiotherapy in the UK (one of which operates on 8 sites, and one of which operates on 3 sites). All centres submitted data to the SCoR census.

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Workforce

WTE

Posts

Vacant WTE

Vacancy Rate

Non-NHS Total

143

148

6

4.2%

Combined NHS & non-NHS Total

3170

3445

231

7.3%

Note the figures for non-NHS providers are not reported by AfC band as providers do not necessarily use an equivalent system.

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