These General Practice Workforce statistics are relatively new and were first published following the creation of the workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS) in September 2015. Figures produced before September 2015 were based upon a different, less detailed data set, and are not comparable with any figures in this series although they are available on our website for reference purposes. Please refer to the Data sources section below for more information.
The majority of these figures are a snapshot of the workforce and relate to the last calendar day in the reporting period. We also publish some information separately in Annex B of the Excel tables about the number of people working as GP locums in a short-term and/or short-notice capacity. We refer to these GPs as ad-hoc locums and information about them is collected and processed differently to the rest of the workforce meaning figures are not directly comparable.
Please refer to the section about locum GPs in using this publication for more information about this.
Not all general practices provide valid data. In some cases, practices provide details about a staff member but no information about their working hours. In these cases, we calculate full-time equivalent (FTE) estimates for these staff and include these measures in the FTE totals and in the Practice-level and Individual-level CSVs that accompany the publication. We refer to these estimated working hours and FTE figures as ‘partial estimates’ and provide details of the percentage of estimated working hours for each staff group in Annex A of the Excel Bulletin table.
However, in some cases, practices provide no valid data whatsoever for an entire staff group (GPs, Nurses, Direct Patient Care (DPC) or administrative staff) and until the publication based on April-June 2021 data, we calculated CCG-level estimates for these practices based upon a level of perceived need according to the number of patients registered at the practice. Following a review of the methodology, from the June 2021 publication onwards we ceased calculating estimates for practices that submit no information about staff in a particular staff group and we revised all historical FTE and headcount figures and updated all the Practice-level and Individual-level CSVs. The statistics presented in this publication do not include these estimates. However, following a further comprehensive review of the methodology, we propose to re-introduce estimations in early 2022. Please refer to the Methodology Review page for more details.
Until these changes can be implemented, all published figures remain provisional and we will not be presenting a full-time series. Therefore, only statistics relating to October 2021 are included in this release. We plan to revise and reinstate the time series for the December 2021 publication, scheduled for release in February 2022.