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Series / Collection

General Practice Workforce

Official statistics
Frequency:
Monthly
Geographic Coverage:
England
Geographical Granularity:
Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP practices, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Regional health body, Clinical Commissioning Regions

Summary

The General Practice Workforce series of Official Statistics presents a snapshot of the primary care general practice workforce. A snapshot statistic relates to the situation at a specific date, which for these workforce statistics is the last calendar day in the reporting period. Until July 2021, the snapshots have been produced each quarter and were a record as of 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, and 31 December. However, from July 2021, as requested by our stakeholders, we are collecting and publishing data on the general practice workforce on a monthly basis, and the snapshot will therefore relate to the last calendar day of each month, including weekends and public holidays.

These statistics present full-time equivalent (FTE) and headcount figures by four staff groups, (GPs, Nurses, Direct Patient Care (DPC) and administrative staff), with breakdowns of individual job roles within these high-level groups.

The publication includes an Excel Bulletin file containing full-time equivalent (FTE) and headcount figures by gender and role, age band and work commitment at England-level, along with patient counts. This bulletin also contains STP and CCG breakdowns by role and ethnicity.

In addition to the Excel file, in every publication we release two CSVs presenting • aggregate figures for each practice • data for each individual job role filled reported at CCG-level We also aim to refresh the interactive Power BI dashboard.

This publication series was formerly known as “General and Personal Medical Services” and until September 2015, figures were produced from a different data source. However, in 2015, the workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS) for Primary Care was introduced, which became the primary data source for publication series, and at that stage a new methodology was implemented. As a result, the main time series in these statistics begins in September 2015 and the earlier figures that were calculated from the previous data source are not comparable although the publications are listed below for reference.

In August 2021, for the June 2021 publication, we revised the entire time series back to September 2015, making several methodological changes to the way in which the workforce numbers are calculated. Please refer to the Methodological Change Notice in the June 2021 publication.

Following stakeholder feedback and the move to monthly publications we have reviewed the implementation of these changes and their impact on the timeseries. Please refer to the General Practice Workforce - December 2021 Methodological Change Notice (https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/find-data-and-publications/statement-of-administrative-sources/methodological-changes#workforce) for more information on the review, its conclusions and the resulting planned changes to the methodology. Until these changes are implemented, all published figures remain provisional and we will not be presenting a time series. The time series will be revised and reinstated for the December 2021 publication, scheduled for release in February 2022.

We are continually working to improve our publications to ensure their contents are as useful and relevant as possible for our users. We welcome feedback from all users to PrimaryCareWorkforce@nhs.net.

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