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General Practice Workforce 31 March 2021

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 31 Mar 2021


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 quarter since the last extraction and publication.

This release provides counts of the workforce at 31 March 2021 while also including three months of infrequent locum usage and so remains in line with previous quarterly releases.

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.

Image for infographic All GPs
All GPs

35,273 Full-time equivalent  (2.8% (945) more than March 2020)

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

28,096 Full-time equivalent  (0.4% (111) more than March 2020)

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

26,805 Full-time equivalent  (12 more than March 2020)

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16,801 Full-time equivalent  (4 more than March 2020)

Image for infographic Direct patient care staff
Direct patient care staff

15,213 Full-time equivalent  (7.6% (1,079) more than March 2020)

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

70,003 Full-time equivalent  (1.6% (1,078) more than March 2020)

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Last edited: 17 May 2021 2:46 pm