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Publication, Part of

General Practice Workforce, 28 February 2022

Official statistics

Changes in this series

Forthcoming changes

Regional restructure

Each year we re-produce historical practice and individual-level CSVs, with practices and CCGs remapped to reflect the latest NHS England and Improvement regional structure. In 2022, changes to the structure include the establishment of Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) as statutory bodies and they will succeed Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs). When ICBs are legally established, all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are due to be statutorily abolished.

It was originally expected that these changes would come in to effect in April 2022. However, this target date has now been changed to 1 July 2022 to allow more time for the remaining parliamentary stages and to enable organisations to manage their more immediate pandemic response priorities. Once these changes have been implemented, they will be reflected in this publication and the most relevant historical Practice and Individual-level CSVs will be reproduced to reflect the new structure, and republished.


New job role - Advanced Practitioner

We are anticipating that the job role of Advanced Practitioner will be added to the list of selectable roles within the National Workforce Reporting Service prior to the 31 March, 2022 extraction. This role can relate to a number of Direct Patient Care (DPC) roles and will be selectable for all relevant roles. We hope to be able to report on these roles in the next publication.


GP joiner and leaver analysis

The time series of GP joiner and leaver statistics, published quarterly, currently reflects joiners to and leavers from the fully qualified permanent GP workforce (all GPs excluding locums and GPs in Training). Our stakeholders have indicated that these figures would better fit their workforce planning and monitoring needs if they also included locums.

For this reason the time series will be revised as part of the release presenting general practice workforce statistics relating to 31 March 2022, to also include locums. This means that the joiner and leaver figures will reflect joiners to and leavers from the fully qualified GP workforce (all GPs excluding GPs in Training).


Further information

If you have any comments or questions about these changes, please contact NHS Digital on 0300 303 5678 or email

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