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General Practice Workforce 30 September 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 Sep 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 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:

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.

Key Facts

Latest figures, for 30 September 2020:

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

35,434 Full-time equivalent  (1.6% (573) more than September 2019)

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

27,981 Full-time equivalent  (1.2% (334) fewer than September 2019)

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

26,705 Full-time equivalent  (0.9% (252) fewer than September 2019)

Image for infographic Nurses

16,727 Full-time equivalent  (0.9% (154) more than September 2019)

Image for infographic Direct patient care staff
Direct patient care staff

14,502 Full-time equivalent  (6.9% (937) more than September 2019)

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

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 with “GP Workforce publication” in the subject line of your email, or via NHS Digital enquiries on 0300 303 5678.

Interactive Tool


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Last edited: 21 May 2021 10:56 am