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General Practice Workforce , 31 July 2022

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General Practice Workforce , 31 July 2022

All historical Individual and Practice-level CSVs reproduced

As Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) were established as statutory bodies from 1st July 2022, this publication no longer presents data at CCG and STP level. Data is instead aggregated to Sub-ICB Location, and ICB level.

The NHS geography updates that came into place on 1st July involved boundary changes, with some practices moving to different Sub-ICB Locations and ICBs than they would previously have been situated. Therefore, in order to have a consistent and comparable time series at regional level, we have re-produced all Individual and Practice-level CSVs, with practices and Sub-ICB Locations remapped to reflect this latest structure. 

For the practice-level CSVs, this is the first time the full series has been re-published since a methodological change in December 2021 resulted in a total revision of the time series. For the December 2021 release, Practice-level CSVs for September of each year were published. This release presents all Practice-level CSVs back to September 2015.

Individual and Practice-level CSVs for June 2022 have been included for completeness, but are unchanged from those released as part of the General Practice Workforce, 30 June 2022 release.  See the Changes in this Series page for more information.

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The General Practice Workforce series of Official Statistics presents a snapshot of the primary care general practice workforce. A snapshot statistic relates to the situation at a specific date, which for these workforce statistics is the last calendar day in the reporting period. Until July 2021, the snapshots were produced each quarter and were a record as of 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, and 31 December. However, we now collect and publish data on the general practice workforce monthly and the snapshot therefore relates to the last calendar day of each month, including weekends and public holidays.

This monthly snapshot reflects the general practice workforce at 31 July 2022.

These statistics present full-time equivalent (FTE) and headcount figures by four staff groups, (GPs, Nurses, Direct Patient Care (DPC) and administrative staff), with breakdowns of individual job roles within these high-level groups.

For the purposes of NHS workforce statistics, we define full-time working to be 37.5 hours per week. Full-time equivalent is a standardised measure of the workload of an employed person. Using FTE, we can convert part-time and additional working hours into an equivalent number of full-time staff. For example, an individual working 37.5 hours would be classed as 1.0 FTE while a colleague working 30 hours would be 0.8 FTE.

The term “headcount” relates to distinct individuals, and as the same person may hold more than one role, care should be taken when interpreting headcount figures. Please refer to the Using this Publication section for information and guidance about the contents of this publication and how it can and cannot be used.

England-level time series figures for all job roles are available in the Excel bulletin tables back to September 2015 when this series of Official Statistics began. The Excel file also includes Sub-ICB Location-level FTE and headcount breakdowns for the current reporting period. CSVs containing practice-level summaries and Sub-ICB Location-level counts of individuals are also available. Please refer to the Publication content, analysis, and release schedule in the Using this publication section for more details of what’s available.

In addition to the snapshot of the main general practice workforce, Annexes B and C in the Excel Bulletin tables include figures relating to the number of ad-hoc locum GPs working in general practice and information about their working hours. These figures used to be included in the main totals, but data relating to the ad-hoc locum workforce is collected differently and these figures do not constitute a snapshot. As a result, because they are not directly comparable to the snapshot, we now report these figures separately rather than including them in the overall totals.

We are continually working to improve our publications to ensure their contents are as useful and relevant as possible for our users. We welcome feedback from all users to [email protected].

Key Facts

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.


FTE GPs - 1.9% (652) more than July 2021

Headcount 44,446 - 

0.5% (231) more than July 2021

(All GP figures exclude ad-hoc locums)


FTE Fully qualified GPs (excludes GPs in Training Grade) - 0.9% (243) fewer than July 2021

Headcount 36,729 -

1.4% (532) fewer than July 2021

(All GP figures exclude ad-hoc locums)


FTE Qualified permanent GPs (excludes GPs in Training Grade and Locums) –  0.1% (39) fewer than July 2021

Headcount 35,293 -

0.1% (43) fewer than July 2021

(All GP figures exclude ad-hoc locums)


FTE Nurses - 1.4% (224) more than July 2021

Headcount 23,448 -

0.7% (158) fewer than July 2021


FTE Direct patient care staff  -  9.1% (1,301) more than July 2021

Headcount 21,638 -

5.9% (1,214) more than July 2021


FTE Admin / non-clinical staff - 4.7% (3,320) more than July 2021

Headcount 100,749 -

3.0% (2,916) more than July 2021

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