NHS Digital publishes this information to support winter preparedness and provide information about some activity within primary care. The aim is to inform users, who range from a healthcare professional to an inquiring citizen, about appointments within primary care.
NHS Digital produce this information monthly, containing information about the most recent month and the previous 18 months (where available).
The aim of the publication is to inform users about activity and usage of GP appointments historically and how primary care is impacted by seasonal pressures, such as winter. The publication initially included data from participating practices using EMIS and TPP GP systems. Microtest data was first included in the April 2019 release, with data from November 2018 and will continune to be included in following releases. This is 95% of the GP estate. Future developments will include Informatica and Vision GP systems.
This information does not give a complete view of GP activity so should not be used to infer a view of workload.
The publication includes important information, however it does not show the totality of GP activity/workload. The data presented only contains information which was captured on the GP practice systems. This limits the activity reported on and does not represent all work happening within a primary care setting or assess the complexity of activity.
No patient identifiable information has been collected or is included in this release.