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General Practice Workforce 30 June 2019

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Official statistics
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Geographical granularity:
GP practices, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Regional health body, Regions, Primary Care Organisations
Date range:
30 Sep 2015 to 30 Jun 2019


This quarterly 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.

A change in the data source for GP registrars since June 2018 has enabled us to produce more timely and accurate information, which has removed the need to release provisional and then final figures. All data is now final at publication.

This publication also highlights our intention to revise the earlier figures we have on GP locums. Please see the data quality statement for further detail. Our publication includes information on recent and planned changes as well as highlighting future developments.

Information about the contents of this publication and how it can and cannot be used, can be found in the Report tab.

We are continually working to improve our publications and welcome feedback from all our users, by email to:

Various data breakdowns are available in the accompanying Excel and CSV files, including time series and breakdowns by categories such as age and gender. Data is also presented regionally and at practice level for June 2019 in the accompanying CSVs. Following a consultation in 2018 we made several revisions to our data processing and methodology, and updated Practice-level CSVs from September 2015 to September 2018 are provided as part of this publication.

This publication also features an interactive dashboard which allows users to explore the underlying data in a variety of ways. This can be accessed by clicking on the dashboard link below.

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

Key facts

Latest figures, for 30 June 2019:

Image for infographic General practice workforce interactive dashboard
General practice workforce interactive dashboard
Image for infographic All GPs
All GPs

34,114 Full-time equivalent*  (0.8% (264) more than June 2018)

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

28,257 Full-time equivalent*  (2.0% (576) less than June 2018)

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

26,941 Full-time equivalent*  (2.3% (628) less than June 2018)

Image for infographic Nurses

16,349 Full-time equivalent*  (0.2% (39) more than June 2018)

Image for infographic Direct patient care staff
Direct patient care staff

13,169 Full-time equivalent*  (6.3% (779) more than June 2018)

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

67,163 Full-time equivalent*  (1.5% (963) more than June 2018)

*Full-Time Equivalent is a standardised measure of the workload of an employed person and allows for the total workforce workload to be expressed in an equivalent number of full-time staff. 1 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.

These figures include estimates for practices not providing complete and valid data. The percentage of practices requiring full or partial estimations are shown in Table 1 in the Report tab.

Comments and feedback are welcomed by NHS Digital, via (clearly stating GP Workforce as the subject heading) or 0300 303 5678.


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Last edited: 3 October 2019 2:18 pm