One of the largest employers in the world, along with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the Indian railways and the Wal-Mart supermarket chain.


  • The NHS in England treats more than 1.4 million patients every 24 hours.

  • Total NHS spending in England in 2018/19 was around £115 billion. And in 2018 the government announced that an additional £20.5 billion will be made available to the NHS by 2023/24.

  • In June 2019, the NHS employed 111,860 doctors, and 31,278 nurses, midwives and health visitors.

  • The total annual attendances at England’s accident and emergency departments was nearly 24 million in 2018-19.

  • In comparison with the healthcare systems of ten other countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA) the NHS was found to be the most impressive overall by the Commonwealth Fund in 2017.


The NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council)

The NMC regulate nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They exist to protect the public:

  • They set standards of education, training, conduct and performance so that nurses and midwives can deliver high quality healthcare throughout their careers.

  • They make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date and uphold our professional standards.

  • They have clear and transparent processes to investigate nurses and midwives who fall short of our standards.

  • They maintain a register of nurses and midwives allowed to practise in the UK.


The NMC are not responsible for:

  • Regulating hospitals or other healthcare settings

  • Regulating healthcare assistants

  • Representing or campaigning on behalf of nurses and midwives

  • Setting levels of staffing


Overseas nurses wanting to work in the UK need to register as a nurse with the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council). You can register online. They have a step-by-step guide on how to find out if you are eligible: