New Advanced Practitioner job roles
During March 2022 a set of Direct Patient Care advanced practitioner roles were added to the NWRS collection tool. The five roles which are applicable to the General Practice Workforce are:
- Advanced Occupational Therapist Practitioner
- Advanced Paramedic Practitioner
- Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner
- Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner
- Advanced Podiatrist Practitioner
The way these roles are selected is different than for other roles, which are chosen from a drop-down list. For the advanced practitioner roles relating to the Direct Patient Care staff group, users are now presented with a tick box whenever they choose a Direct Patient Care job role. For example, when the job role pharmacist is selected from the drop-down list, the user is given the option to populate the tick box to indicate that this individual is an advanced pharmacist practitioner. Wherever an individual's record has this tick populated for one of the five roles listed, they will be counted against the relevant advanced practitioner role.
It is likely that prior to the introduction of this functionality, some advanced practitioners were being recorded against the corresponding regular job role. For example, advanced pharmacist practitioners may have previously been recorded as pharmacists. The reclassification of these individuals into advanced practitioner roles would therefore lead to a decrease in reported pharmacist FTE and headcounts, but this apparent decrease would in fact be the result of improved data quality and this should be considered when making comparisons between figures prior to March 2022 with figures from March 2022 onwards. The same applies to all five Direct Patient Care job roles which now have corresponding advanced practitioner roles.
As these advanced practitioner roles were newly added to NWRS in March 2022, FTE and headcounts for these roles will be presented from March 2022 onwards in the time series tables.
GP joiner and leaver analysis - additional time series tables
Up until the December 2021 release, the time series of GP joiner and leaver statistics, published quarterly, reflected joiners to and leavers from the fully qualified permanent GP workforce (all GPs excluding locums and GPs in Training). Our stakeholders have indicated that these figures would better fit their workforce planning and monitoring needs if they also included locums.
For this reason, two new time series tables (2a and 2b) have been added to the accompanying GP Joiners and Leavers - March 2022 file, which present joiners to and leavers from the fully qualified GP workforce (all GPs excluding GPs in Training).
As some users may still be interested in joiners and leaver counts for the fully qualified permanent GP workforce, the original series has been retained (tables 1a and 1b) and will continue to be produced.