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General Practice Workforce - 31 March 2020

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 2020


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. All data is final at publication.

In the General Practice Workforce 30 September 2019 publication, released 28 November 2019, we produced a revised General Practice Workforce time series incorporating improvements in the estimations methodology and in the collection of GP registrar and GP locum data. The revised time series figures are not comparable with earlier figures published prior to 28 November 2019 and therefore all the figures released in the General Practice Workforce 30 September 2019 publication and later publications supersede the earlier releases, all of which we have archived and advise should no longer be used.

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 publications, and information on the first stage of improvements - to come into effect in the next publication of June 2020 workforce data - can be found in the Notice of Changes tab. We welcome feedback from all our users on these proposals, 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 March 2020 in the accompanying CSVs.

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 31 March 2020:

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 in an 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

34,327 Full-time equivalent  (1.2% (409) fewer than March 2019)

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

27,985 Full-time equivalent  (2.5% (712) fewer than March 2019)

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

26,793 Full-time equivalent  (2.1% (588) fewer than March 2019)

Image for infographic Nurses

16,797 Full-time equivalent  (1.9% (315) more than March 2019)

Image for infographic Direct patient care staff
Direct patient care staff

14,134 Full-time equivalent  (8.9% (1,158) more than March 2019)

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

68,924 Full-time equivalent  (2.8% (1,888) more than March 2019)

These figures include estimates for practices not providing complete and/or 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.

Interactive Tool


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Last edited: 4 February 2021 5:57 pm