The GP Appointments Data collection was started to collect information regarding appointments in general practice, now delivered through Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
It is acknowledged that NHS services come under significant additional pressure across winter and other holiday periods and whilst there are regular flows of data regarding secondary care, the understanding of capacity and utilisation of primary care services is limited.
Therefore, in support of this and other objectives originally set out in the Five Year Forward View (and more recently in the NHS Long Term Plan), NHS England has been directed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), to collect this transactional level dataset.
Data is collected on a weekly basis to show a three month forward view of planned appointments capacity per general practice. Therefore, each week, there will be one additional week of new data looking forward and the remainder will be a delta of previous returns.
A backward look will also be collected to show the outcome and status of the planned appointments capacity going back to the start of the collection. However, it is anticipated that further back than one week, data will remain static and the data delta will predominantly be for the previous week only.
The GP live collections timetable provides further details of when this data collection will take place. Please note that this timetable is a live document and may be edited to reflect a change to the collection schedule; users are advised to check this regularly for updates.
Last edited: 15 November 2023 11:25 am