Official workforce statistics data are derived from a number of sources, some system-based, some survey-based.
This page documents the census and data extract dates, as well as any dates associated with quality assurance and publication.
These data are extracted from SWISS monthly. We publish the data at the March, June, September, and December census dates. We work with NHS Boards to quality assure the data at the February, May, August, and November census dates.
|Census date||Extract date||Date available||Data use|
|30 November 2021||14 December 2021||17 December 2021||NHS Boards quality assurance|
|31 December 2021||11 January 2022||1 March 2022||NHSScotland workforce publication|
|31 January 2022||15 February 2022|
|28 February 2022||15 March 2022||18 March 2022||NHS Boards quality assurance|
|31 March 2022||12 April 2022||7 June 2022||NHSScotland workforce publication|
|30 April 2022||10 May 2022|
|31 May 2022||14 June 2022||17 May 2022||NHS Boards quality assurance|
|30 June 2022||12 July 2022||6 September 2022||NHSScotland workforce publication|
|31 July 2022||9 August 2022|
|31 August 2022||13 September 2022||16 September 2022||NHS Boards quality assurance|
|30 September 2022||11 October 2022||6 December 2022||NHSScotland workforce publication|
|31 October 2022||15 November 2022|
The reason for the lag between the census and extract date is to allow time for NHS Board HR and payroll records to be updated in their source systems.
Advanced nurse practitioners (ANP)
The ANP employment data are available from SWISS and these data are extracted in line with the above employment timetable. However, only ANP workforce data at 30 September census are published in December release of the NHSScotland workforce publication.
Doctors and dentists in training
Turas People data for doctors and dentists in training are extracted on 1st of each month. These data are merged with SWISS data at the last day of the previous month. Since Turas People over-writes when records are updated, these regular monthly data snapshots are necessary to maintain a longitudinal data set.
Vacancy survey data
Vacancy data are collected from NHS Boards for Consultants, Nursing and Midwifery staff and Allied Health Professions by a survey four times each year. These data form part of the NHSScotland workforce publication.
We send the survey to data providers approximately two weeks prior to the census date, and ask that they are submitted by the third Friday after the census date.
|Census date||Date survey sent to data providers||Date for submission||Date available to public|
|31 December 2021||10 December 2021||21 January 2022||1 March 2022|
|31 March 2022||18 March 2022||15 April 2022||7 June 2022|
|30 June 2022||17 June 2022||15 July 2022||6 September 2022|
|30 September 2022||16 September 2022||21 October 2022||6 December 2022|
Consultant programmed activity
Data on consultant contracts are collected from NHS Boards by a survey once a year in September. This is currently on hold.
There are three sources of dental workforce data in Scotland. These data are combined and are available in the NHSScotland workforce publication released in June and December.
Data about dentists working in the general dental services are sourced from the Management Information and Dental Accounting System held at Public Health Scotland. The timetable for these data are below.
|Census date||Date requested||Date for submission||Date available|
|31 March||Mid-March||30 April||NHSScotland workforce publication released in June|
|30 September||Mid-September||31 October||NHSScotland workforce publication released in September|
Data about dentists working in hospitals and community health services are sourced from SWISS. These data are extracted in line with the employment data timetable above.
Data on Vocational Dental Practitioners are sourced by NES from Turas Training Programme Management. These data are extracted at the end of April for 31 March census and end of October for 30 September census.
Medical and dental locum spend
Medical and dental locum spend data are derived from NHSScotland's finance platform and are provided by NSS for the spend over a financial year. They are available in the NHSScotland workforce publication released in June.
For 2022, an email will sent in the middle of March requesting the data to be sent by 15 April. These data will be released on 7 June.
Nursing and midwifery agency
These data are collected from NHS Boards by a survey at the end of each financial year and are available in the NHSScotland workforce publication released in June. We send the survey to data providers in the middle of March and ask that they are submitted by the middle of April.
For 2022, the survey will be sent to NHS Boards on 18 March, with a submission date of 15 April. These data will be published on 7 June.
Nursing and midwifery bank staff expenditure
Nursing and midwifery bank staff expenditure data are extracted from SWISS by NES; the data cover expenditure for the full financial year. They are extracted at the end of April and are available in the NHSScotland workforce publication released in June.
The NHSScotland pharmacy workforce employment and vacancies are collected from NHS Boards by an annual survey. The census for these data is 30 September and the data are available in the NHSScotland workforce publication released in December. We send the survey to data providers in the middle of September and ask that they are submitted by the middle of October.
For 2022, the survey will be sent to NHS Boards on 16 September, with a submission date of 21 October. These data will be published on 6 December.
Student nursing data are sourced from the computerised training index by NES. The data are extracted in October each year are available in the NHSScotland workforce publication released in December.