To provide the most up-to-date information possible to support workforce planning and as requested by our stakeholders, we began collecting data on the General Practice Workforce monthly and published statistics based on the first of these monthly extracts for October 2020.
However, it is evident that the transition to a monthly collection at that time led to a decrease in the quality and completeness of the data, particularly relating to 'ad-hoc' or 'infrequent' locums. As a result, although we will preserve the publications for October and November 2020 for transparency purposes, we will not use figures from those releases in any further analysis and will not include them in time series tables.
In addition, we are temporarily reverting to a quarterly collection and reporting cycle which we and our NHS England and NHS Improvement colleagues hope will help to reduce the burden on practices over the coming weeks. We expect to return to the monthly series later this year.