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General Practice Workforce Minimum Dataset (GP-wMDS)


Why and how we process your data in the General Practice Workforce Minimum Dataset (GP-wMDS) and your rights.

Controller NHS Digital (in relation to processing the personal data) and the Department of Health and Social Care (in relation to determining the purpose for processing the data through the issuing of a direction to NHS Digital)
How we use the information (processing activities)

The General Practice Workforce Minimum Dataset (GP-wMDS) collects information about staff members, GPs, Nurses, Other professionals providing patient care and administrative staff, providing services at General Practices in England. It includes information on working hours, details of job role, date of birth, National Insurance number, professional registration number (as applicable) and other personal demographics including ethnicity. This information is used to create a single central source of workforce information in England, drive improvements in data quality, monitor government targets and for publishing statistics, develop policy and inform workforce planning at both national and local level. The level of information collected is determined by the National Workforce Data Set specification DCB1067 and is published on NHS Digital's Information Standards Notices webpage, extracts are produced via the National Workforce Reporting System (NWRS). Dissemination of this information is available via NHS Digital's Data Access Request Service

Does this contain sensitive (special category) data such as health information? Yes
Who are recipients of this data?

Available via the Data Access Request Service (DARS). Recipients are recorded in the Register of Approved Data Releases for these disseminations

Is data transferred outside the UK? Not for the purposes of processing it by NHS Digital. It may be transferred outside of the UK if this is approved by NHS Digital through the DARS process for any particular dissemination
How long the data is kept 8 years minimum from the date the data is received
Our lawful basis for holding this data Legal obligation
Your rights
  • Tick Be informed
  • Tick Get access to it
  • Tick Rectify or change it
  • Cross Erase or remove it
  • Tick Restrict or stop processing it
  • Cross Move, copy or transfer it
  • Cross Object to it being processed or used
  • Cross Know if a decision was made by a computer rather than a person
How can you withdraw your consent?

Consent not the basis for processing

Is the data subject to decisions made solely by computers? (automated decision making) No
Where does this data come from? Providers of NHS funded General Practice Services in England
The legal basis for collecting this data

Article 6(1)(c) Legal Obligation (Workforce Information Directions 2019),
Article 9(2)(h) Management of health or social care systems and services, supplemented by DPA 2018 Schedule 1, Part 1, Health or social care purpose.

Where NHS Digital uses this data


Workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS)

The Workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS) standard supports high quality and training commissioning. It collects workforce information from all providers of NHS funded services to help workforce planners effectively plan and commission the future qualified workforce.