From the first NHS hand transplants to a renewed focus on mental health care, 2016 was a year of firsts, but a year of ongoing challenges too.

Budgets and services continued to be stretched – there were, for example, 40% more operations completed last year than in 2005/06. Planned expenditure for 2017 is over £120 billion, a huge increase from the £76 billion spent 10 years ago. And perhaps most significantly, last year saw a Brexit vote that will have enormous consequences for the NHS for many years to come.

Below, we run through some key figures offering healthcare professionals a factual insight into how the NHS is changing, and how HCL and other workforce providers must adapt.

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