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General Practice Workforce

Summary

The general practice data shows numbers and details of GPs, Nurses, Direct Patient Care and Admin/Non-Clinical staff working in General Practice in England, along with information on their practices, staff, patients, and the services they provide.

We are continually working to improve the way in which we collect, analyse and publish data about the general practice workforce. Following user and stakeholder consultation, during 2018 and 2019 we have made a range of revisions to our data processing and estimations methodologies, introduced a new data source for GP Registrars and revised the September 2015 to December 2016 full-time equivalent (FTE) GP locum estimates. As a result, to avoid confusion and ensure that out-of-date figures are not used, we have recalculated the historical figures using these new methodologies and updated them in the General Practice Workforce September 2019 publication, and archived the original superseded publications. This ensures a consistent FTE time series is now available for users. For more detail see the data quality statements that accompany the publications.

Our next challenge is altering our systems and publications to take account of the formation of Primary Care Networks (PCN) and how we can best collect workforce information on the new PCN job roles being created. Further information on our current plans can be found in the September 2019 publication.

We are also working towards collecting suitable data about the General Practitioner and Primary Care workforces who are based outside of general practices, for example in GP streaming in Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments and Out-of-Hours services. In August and November 2019, we published new and experimental statistics on the General Practitioner Workforce in Alternative Settings: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/general-practitioner-workforce-in-alternative-settings. However, due to data quality issues we are no longer able to continue with the publication although high-level counts may continue to be released as management information on the Supplementary Information section of our website at https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/find-data-and-publications/supplementary-information. We are continuing to work closely with data providers and our stakeholders to investigate options and opportunities for collecting better quality and more suitable data on this workforce.

This page includes links to all publications in this series, with the most recent at the top.

In the "Resources" section at the bottom of this page you can find our experimental interactive dashboard, and our series-level data quality statement. Each publication also includes its own publication-specific statement.

The interactive dashboard allows users to explore the underlying final data in a variety of ways. Please provide any feedback on this product via enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk (with NHS Workforce as the subject) or 0300 303 5678.

This series was formerly known as "General and Personal Medical Services".

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  • This quarterly report presents data about GPs, Nurses, Direct Patient Care and Admin/Non-Clinical staff working in General Practice in England, along with information on their patients and practices. All data is final at publication.

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