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5. NHS radiotherapy radiographic workforce data

NHS workforce by country

The table below shows the total NHS WTE of 3105 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

2461

 

2683

169

6.87%

APs/TAPs

110

119

            4

3.63%

England Total

2571

2802

173

6.72%

N Ireland

 

Therapeutic radiographers

100

106

10

10%

APs/TAPs

0

0

0

n/a

N Ireland Total

100

106

10

10%

Scotland

 

Therapeutic radiographers

262

287

6

2.29%

APs/TAPs

5

6

1

2.0 %

Scotland Total

267

293

7

2.62%

Wales

 

Therapeutic radiographers

162

174

7

2.45%

APs/TAPs

4

5

0

0%

Wales Total

166

179

7

2.41%

UK NHS

Therapeutic radiographers

2985

3250

192

6.43%

APs/TAPs

120

130

5

4.39%

UK NHS Total

3105

3380

197

6.34%

 

Note:   AP/TAPs = Assistant practitioners / Trainee assistant practitioners (Band 4 and Band 3).

Respondents to the census also reported the number of posts which had been vacant for at least three months. The results show a three month vacancy rate of 3.7% 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

30

90

795

1096

781

225

69

18

1

3105

 

NHS reasons for absence

The census also asked about reasons for absence. Of the 3380 radiotherapy radiographic workforce NHS posts, 18 post holders are on career break (0.5%), 47 on long term sick leave (1.4%) and 153 on maternity leave (4.5%). 

Reason for absence

Posts (headcount)

Percentage of post holders

Career break

18

0.5%

Long term sick leave

47

1.4%

Maternity leave

153

4.5%

 
Radiotherapy radiographic workforce in non-NHS radiotherapy providers
 
There are currently eight non-NHS providers of radiotherapy in the UK (one of which operated on 8 sites at the time the survey was conducted and in future will operate on 9 sites). All centres submitted data to the SCoR census. 
 

Workforce

WTE

Posts

Vacant WTE

Vacancy Rate

Non-NHS Total

112

118

8

7.1%

Combined NHS & non-NHS Total

3217

3498

205

6.4%


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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