Workforce Survey 2005

Thank you to all who provided data for the first national survey of the specialist palliative care workforce carried out in 2005. The survey was carried out on behalf of the National Partnership Group for Palliative Care by the Workforce Sub-Group and went via the Cancer Network nurse directors to all providers of specialist palliative care in England. This has covered all 34 cancer Networks and all staff groups broken down into medical, nursing and all other staff who work in the multi disciplinary team.

The key national findings are presented here to give cancer network level information to networks and providers so they can draw comparisons between this and the national data. The survey and analysis have been carried out by Lucy Sutton, National Policy Lead, NCPC and Richard Harris, Information Analyst, Workforce Review Team. Please note that results are based on the data received and in some areas it may not portray the reality due to lack of data received.

Medical Workforce - All England

Medical Workforce for England

A distribution of RCP recommended number of consultant posts based solely on population size compared with a distribution based on differential population need

Current distribution of consultants in post compared with a distribution of RCP recommended number of consultant posts according to differential population need

Nursing and AHP Workforce - Cancer Networks


North London

Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire

North Trent

Black Country


Central South Coast

North West Midlands


Pan Birmingham



Greater Manchester

South East London

Humber and Yorkshire Coast

South Essex

Kent and Medway

South West London

Lancashire and South Cumbria

Surrey, W Sussex & Hants

Leicestershire Northamptonshire & Rutland


Merseyside and Cheshire

Teesside & South Durham

Mid Anglia

Thames Valley

Mid Trent 

Three Counties

Mount Vernon

West Anglia

Norfolk and Waveney

West London

North East London