In March 2022 we launched a pilot online survey across 9 integrated care systems. The purpose of the survey was to listen to general practice staff on key areas ahead of wider, national engagement. We used this opportunity to refine the question set and design of the survey before launching a much broader survey with general practice staff.
In May 2022 we launched a national online survey with general practice staff engaging with staff on GPDPR, burden reduction and health data use more broadly. We developed this survey in partnership with the BMA and RCGP. The survey was cascaded via NHS Digital, the BMA, RCGP and NHS England.
The objectives of this research were to
- set a baseline for knowledge and attitudes towards GPDPR and opt outs
- understand burden experienced by general practice staff associated with managing patient data and how it can be reduced
In total, 472 people engaged with the survey. 86 respondents stated they don’t work within an NHS GP surgery and were therefore screened out. 386 people working in general practice took part in the survey between 20 May and 14 June 2022. 218 people completed the survey fully.
|Practice manager/deputy practice manager
|GP (partnered, salaried or locum)
|Other practice clinician (nurse, pharmacist)
|Other (such as PCN manager, GP trainee, IT support)
|Did not answer
We heard from a mixture of professional groups working in GP practices, with the majority either being practice managers (or equivalent) or GPs.
We appreciate the data may be more skewed towards these groups in the analysis as people within these roles are more likely to be signed up to receive bulletins compared to other roles, such as administrative staff and other clinicians.
Furthermore, the data in this survey isn’t representative of the whole general practice workforce, but we are using this as an indicator of what to explore further as part of the Engagement phase.