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Publication, Part of

General Practice Workforce 30 November 2020

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP practices, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Regional health body, Clinical Commissioning Regions
Date Range:
30 Sep 2015 to 30 Nov 2020


This 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.

This series of statistics is now collected and published monthly. This is the second release to be published using the monthly data collection, and due to data completeness and coverage issues with the GP locum data, we are releasing full-time equivalent (FTE) figures only at this stage. We have calculated estimated FTE figures for GP locums and aim to devise a methodology to estimate the headcount figures as soon as possible.

This release includes FTE figures in the Excel Bulletin, which includes time series figures as well as breakdowns by characteristics such as age and gender. Practice-level figures are available in the CSV.

Information about the contents of this publication and how it can and cannot be used, can be found in the Report tab. Our publication includes information on recent and planned changes as well as highlighting future developments. We are continually working to improve our publication to ensure the components are as useful and relevant as possible for our users.

In the publication of data for 30 September 2019, released 28 November 2019, we implemented a range of improvements and revised the time back to September 2015 when these statistics were first published. As the new time series supersedes earlier figures, we have archived the original publications and advise you not to use them.

Links to other publications presenting healthcare workforce information can be found under Related Links.

Key Facts

Due to issues with the completeness of the GP locum data, headcount figures are not currently available. We have calculated estimates for FTE figures, but the methodology for estimating for missing locum headcounts is still under development.

The effect of seasonality on general practice workforce trends means that comparisons between different releases should only ever be made on a year-on-year basis. As this is the first release of these statistics covering November, these figures have no available direct comparison.

Comparisons with other months or quarters should not be made. Consequently no attempt to quantify percentage increases or decreases in FTE figures is made in this release. 

Image for infographic Full-Time Equivalent
Full-Time Equivalent

is a standardised measure of the workload of an employed person and allows for the total workforce workload to be expressed as the equivalent number of full-time staff. 1.0 FTE equates to full-time work of 37.5 hours per week, an FTE of 0.5 would equate to 18.75 hours per week.

Image for infographic All GPs
All GPs

35,395 Full-time equivalent

Image for infographic Fully qualified GPs (excludes Registrars)
Fully qualified GPs (excludes Registrars)

28,079 Full-time equivalent

Image for infographic Qualified permanent GPs (excludes Registrars and Locums)
Qualified permanent GPs (excludes Registrars and Locums)

26,783  Full-time equivalent

Image for infographic Nurses

16,700 Full-time equivalent

Image for infographic Direct patient care staff
Direct patient care staff

14,704 Full-time equivalent

Image for infographic Admin / non-clinical staff
Admin / non-clinical staff

69,015 Full-time equivalent

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Last edited: 25 May 2021 10:45 am