The number of managers working in the NHS has risen by 12% last year, six times as much as the number of nurses, figures showed today.
The overall data, from the NHS Information Centre, showed NHS staff numbers reached 1.432 millon in 2009 - an increase of 63,300 (4.6%) on the previous year and a 30% rise since 1999.
Within this group, there was a 2% rise in the number of nurses and a 5% rise in the number of qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff. In comparison, the NHS employed 44,660 managers and senior managers - up 4,750 (12%) since 2008.
In 2009, school nurses increased by 110 (8%) on 2008 to reach 1,527 and by 1,057 (225%) since 2003.
There were 725,580 professionally qualified clinical staff in 2009, up 23,750 (3.4%) on 2008 and 183,810 (34%) on 1999.
Some 51,500 hospital doctors were in training (up 5% on 2008 figures), while there was a 6% increase in the number of consultants and a 3% rise in the number of midwives.
However, the workforce census figures also revealed staff numbers falling in other areas.
The number of GP practice nurses fell by 110 (0.5%) to 21,940 while the number of health visitors fell by 440 (4.1%) to 10,390.
This is a 17% fall (2,060 health visitors) since 1999 or a 1.8% fall per year over the last decade.
A spokesman for the Department of Health added: “The NHS must continue to improve patient care, generating efficiency savings by reducing management and back-office costs, and implementing new ways of working.
“That is why it was announced in December, through the Operating Framework, that the NHS will reduce management costs by 30% by 2013-14.”