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.
NHS Digital publishes this information to support winter preparedness and provide information about some activity within primary care. The publication covers historic appointments, marked as attended or did not attend, from national to CCG coverage. The aim is to inform users, who range from a healthcare professional to an inquiring citizen, about appointments within primary care.
The publication includes data from participating practices using EMIS, TPP, Vision and Microtest GP systems.
NHS Digital produce this information monthly, containing information about the most recent month and previous months.
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.
307 million appointments are estimated to have happened between 01 July 2018 and 30 June 2019
95.3% of GP practices and 100% of CCGs are included
The publication now includes the four main system suppliers - EMIS, TPP, Microtest and Vision
68% of appointments happened within 7 days of being booked
44.6% of attended appointments, for which the HCP type is known, were with a healthcare professional other than a GP
The occupations grouped as HCP type 'Other Practice Staff' are: Acupuncturist, Chiropodist, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Counsellor, Dispenser, District Nurse, Health Visitor, Interpreter/Link Worker, Osteopath, Other, Physiotherapist and Practice Nurse.
Last edited: 9 June 2021 7:47 am