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5. NHS radiotherapy radiographic workforce data

NHS workforce by country (n = 62)

The table below shows the total NHS WTE of 3226.0 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

2562.8

2799

153.1

6.0%

APs/TAPs

123.7

139

13.9

11.2%

England Total

2686.5

2938

166.9

6.2%

Northern Ireland

Therapeutic radiographers

115.3

122

13.1

11.4%

APs/TAPs

0

0

0

0%

Northern Ireland Total

115.3

122

14.1

12.2%

Scotland

Therapeutic radiographers

257.2

275

5.0

1.9%

APs/TAPs

4.3

5

0

0%

Scotland Total

261.6

280

5.0

1.9%

Wales

Therapeutic radiographers

161.6

183

15.2

9.4%

APs/TAPs

1.0

1

0

0%

Wales Total

162.6

184

15.2

9.3%

UK NHS

Therapeutic radiographers

3096.9

3379

186.3

6.0%

APs/TAPs

129.0

145

13.9

10.8%

UK NHS Total

3226.0

3524

200.2

6.2%

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 2.7% for the radiotherapy radiographic workforce in the NHS.

NHS workforce by Agenda for Change (AfC) band (n = 62)

The table below illustrates that 86% of the NHS 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

N/A

NHS radiotherapy radiographic workforce

49.1

79.9

840.6

1122.5

816.0

228.2

65.7

22.0

1.0

1.0

3226.0

NHS reasons for absence (n = 61)

The census also asked about reasons for absence: 22 post holders are on career break (0.6%), 54 on long-term sick leave (1.5%) and 153 on maternity leave (4.3%).

 

Reason for absence

Posts (headcount)

Percentage of post holders

Career break

22

0.6%

Long-term sick leave

54

1.5%

Maternity leave

153

4.3%

Radiotherapy radiographic workforce in non-NHS radiotherapy providers (n = 70)

There are currently eight non-NHS providers of radiotherapy in the UK, all of whom submitted data to the SCoR census

 

Workforce

WTE

Posts

Vacant WTE

Vacancy rate

Non-NHS total

127.5

134

6.0*

4.9%*

Combined NHS & non-NHS total

3353.5

3658

206.2*

6.2%*

*Vacancy figures were not available for one non-NHS provider, so the vacancy rate calculation does not include one of the non-NHS providers.

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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