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General Practice Workforce 31 December 2020

Official statistics
Publication Date:
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 31 Dec 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.

It is a snapshot of the workforce at the date of data extract but also includes an additional measure which reflects the amount of ad-hoc or infrequent locum usage within the period since the last extraction and publication.

This historically quarterly series of statistics was collected and published monthly for the first time from October 2020. However, to alleviate the burden on practices during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination programme, we have reverted to quarterly extractions.

This release provides of the workforce at 31 December 2020 while also including three months of infrequent locum usage and so remains in line with previous quarterly releases.

The releases for October and November 2020 presented full-time equivalent (FTE) figures only. The figures for those months are not included in this timeseries. We are preserving those statistical publications for transparency and to enable analysts to do specific analysis understanding the caveats, but it became evident that the transition to monthly collection during the pandemic led to a decrease in quality and completeness of the data submitted by GP practices so we will not be using the data in any future time series or analysis.

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.

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

Key Facts

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.

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All GPs

35,146 Full-time equivalent  (1.3% (438) more than December 2019)

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Fully qualified GPs (excludes Registrars)

27,980 Full-time equivalent  (1.2% (339) fewer than December 2019)

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Qualified permanent GPs (excludes Registrars and Locums)

26,754 Full-time equivalent  (0.6% (174) fewer than December 2019)

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16,732 Full-time equivalent  (0.5% (87) fewer than December 2019)

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Direct patient care staff

14,869 Full-time equivalent  (5.8% (818) more than December 2019)

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Admin / non-clinical staff

69,300 Full-time equivalent  (0.6% (414) more than December 2019)

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Last edited: 3 February 2021 3:52 pm