5 fascinating facts about the NHS

Working for the NHS
April 1, 2022
5 fascinating facts about the NHS

At Migrate, we absolutely appreciate the NHS and it’s not just because they’re a client of ours.

The NHS is treasured by many, both in the UK and worldwide and has been going for over 70 years.

On July 5, 1948, the NHS was launched by Health Minister Aneurin Bevan to make access to healthcare fairer and far more accessible for all.

For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella.

We’ve done a bit of homework and found the five most interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the NHS.

1.   The fifth largest employer in the world

Even though the UK is an island and much smaller than many other developed nations, the number of people the NHS employs is quite impressive.

Figures from 2015 show there were 1.7 million NHS workers across England, Wales,Scotland and Northern Ireland. This means it was just behind McDonalds who employed 1.9 million staff globally in 2015.

2.   Oldest person to have a hip replacement

Amazingly, the oldest person in the world to have a hip replacement was a 112-year-old, Gladys, who was treated at the Isle ofWight NHS trust at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport.

3.   Over 200 trusts

You might be surprised to know that there are 223 NHS trusts in England. The trusts include: Acute trusts, Primary Care trusts, Mental Health trusts, Ambulance trusts and Care trusts.

The largest trust is Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who employ over 10,000 staff.

We’re actively recruiting international healthcare professionals on behalf of Oxford.

4.  10 million ambulance calls each year

Ten ambulance trusts respond to 10 million 999 calls every year across England to provide lifesaving urgent and emergency care.

This costs around £1.8 billion, or £33 per person, and services are contracted by 10 lead commissioners.

In 1965, ambulance men and women did an eight-week training course, which involved practical training and a driving course. Today paramedics complete a three-year degree.

5.   A serious shortage of nurses

Even though there are Government initiatives to increase the number of nurses in the UK, the NHS is still facing the challenge of a shortage of nurses.

In 2019, the NHS had over 43,617 nursing vacancies which was a record high and Migrate is helping to solve this ongoing issue.

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