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General Practice Workforce 30 September 2020Official statistics
- Publication Date:
- 5 Nov 2020
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- GP practices, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Regional health body, Regions, Health Education England Region, Primary Care Organisations
- Date Range:
- 30 Sep 2015 to 30 Sep 2020
Impact of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) on data collection and completion
In the previous two publications we identified a risk that due to a range of issue including the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be some disruption to our regular statistical production. Following a comprehensive review of the completeness and coverage of the data extract from 31 March 2020, we identified a potential under-reporting of data changes along with fewer new records than expected, which appears to have continued in the data extract from 30 June 2020. These findings suggest that the data extracts from 31 March and 30 June 2020 may not be as complete and up to date as we would normally expect.
However, we believe that levels of data quality and completion have returned to normal for the data extract from 30 September.
Published: 5 November 2020 09:30 AM
Change in publication frequency
This series of Official Statistics will be changing from September 2020 and we will be publishing many figures more frequently. At the end of the last day of each month we will extract general practice workforce data and publish regular monthly bulletins approximately five weeks later. We will also publish additional biannual tables for March and September data only.
This publication is the first of the monthly publications and will be followed by the first release of biannual tables based on September 2020’s data on 26 November 2020.
Published: 5 November 2020 09:30 AM
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 was previously produced quarterly but will now be produced monthly from the publication of September 2020’s data onwards. We will aim to publish these new monthly publications as close to the end of the month following extraction as possible, and a clearer timetable will be produced as the production stabilises.
We have been reviewing and rationalising the contents of this series and in our two most recent publications in May and August we published our proposals for the initial changes which have now come into effect. Monthly publications will include as standard the Bulletin tables Excel file and the Individual-level and Practice-level CSV files. We will also aim to update the interactive Power BI dashboard. Twice a year, for March and September data, we will produce additional regional and experimental tables in Excel, and a CSV of Practice Information including contract type. The first of these biannual publications will be of September 2020 data and will be released 26 November 2020.
Information on the next phase of changes will be detailed in future publications. We welcome feedback from all our users on these proposals, by email to: PrimaryCareWorkforce@nhs.net.
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 General Practice Workforce 30 September 2019 publication, released 28 November 2019, we produced a revised General Practice Workforce time series incorporating improvements in the estimation methodology and in the collection of GP registrar and GP locum data. The revised time series figures are not comparable with earlier figures published prior to 28 November 2019 and therefore all the figures released in the General Practice Workforce 30 September 2019 publication and later publications supersede the earlier releases, all of which we have archived and we advise you not to use them.
Various data breakdowns are available in the accompanying Excel and CSV files, including time series and breakdowns by characteristics such as age and gender. Data is also presented regionally and at practice level for September 2020 in the accompanying CSVs.
This publication also features an interactive Power BI dashboard which allows users to explore the underlying data in a variety of ways. This can be accessed by clicking on the dashboard link below.
Links to other publications presenting healthcare workforce information can be found under Related Links.
Latest figures, for 30 September 2020:
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.
35,434 Full-time equivalent (1.6% (573) more than September 2019)
27,981 Full-time equivalent (1.2% (334) fewer than September 2019)
26,705 Full-time equivalent (0.9% (252) fewer than September 2019)
16,727 Full-time equivalent (0.9% (154) more than September 2019)
14,502 Full-time equivalent (6.9% (937) more than September 2019)
68,645 Full-time equivalent (1.0% (694) more than September 2019)
These figures include estimates for practices not providing complete and/or valid data. The percentage of practices requiring full or partial estimates is shown in Table 1 in the Report tab.
Comments and feedback are welcomed by NHS Digital, to PrimaryCareWorkforce@nhs.net with “GP Workforce publication” in the subject line of your email, or via NHS Digital enquiries on 0300 303 5678.