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General Practice Workforce - 31 March 2020Official statistics
- Publication Date:
- 28 May 2020
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- GP practices, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Regional health body, Regions, Health Education England Region, Primary Care Organisations
- Date Range:
- 30 Sep 2015 to 31 Mar 2020
Impact of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) on data collection and completion
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been some disruption to our regular statistical production.
Following a comprehensive review of the completeness and coverage of the data extract from 31 March 2020, we have identified a likely under-reporting of data changes along with fewer new records than expected. We have also found that between January and March a lower than usual proportion of GP practices logged onto the National Workforce Reporting System (NWRS) which is the tool that we use to collect GP workforce data.
These findings strongly suggest that the data extract from 30 March 2020 is not as complete and up to date as we would normally expect.
However, we believe that the headline figures included in the bulletin remain of immediate use, even when balanced against these data quality considerations. We are mindful that when the system is updated, we may need to revise the figures but for now, we are supporting the NHS with the best picture we have about the NHS general practice workforce, and we all remain committed to providing the best and most accurate and useful information possible to support the NHS and to serve the public good.
Following consultation with key stakeholders, this release is slightly different to the usual March statistics. Furthermore, as part of a wider exercise to streamline our reports, we plan to review the entire structure and content of our regular series. Our proposals are outlined in more detail on the Notice of Changes page. Please send any feedback on this proposal to PrimaryCareWorkforce@nhs.net with “GP Workforce” in the subject line of your email.
This publication contains the usual Bulletin and regional tables, and in addition to the background data quality statement that accompanies all releases, we have introduced a new section that details any data quality issues that are specific to the current release.
We are including the usual individual level CSV and have introduced a new PCN column to the practice level CSV.
In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, we have also expanded the supplementary tables to produce ethnicity breakdowns for all staff rather than solely for GPs and, depending upon user feedback, may include this more detailed ethnic background information in future releases.
However, we believe that the joiners/leavers and staff movement tables would be of limited value in light of the under-reporting issues identified and these tables are not included in this release.
The completeness and coverage of vacancy and absence data was already a concern and the significant reduction in the number of records in the latest data extract means that these tables are also not included in this release.
Published: 28 May 2020 09:30 AM
Upload of time series CSVs, mapped to latest regional structure
Individual-level and Practice-level CSV files covering the full September 2015 to March 2020 time series have been uploaded to this page, having been remapped to the latest 1st April 2020 NHS England and Improvement regional structure.
Please see https://digital.nhs.uk/services/organisation-data-service/change-summary---stp-reconfiguration for more information on the changes to the structure.
Published: 22 June 2020 10:30 AM
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: PrimaryCareWorkforce@nhs.net.
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.
Latest figures, for 31 March 2020:
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.
34,327 Full-time equivalent (1.2% (409) fewer than March 2019)
27,985 Full-time equivalent (2.5% (712) fewer than March 2019)
26,793 Full-time equivalent (2.1% (588) fewer than March 2019)
16,797 Full-time equivalent (1.9% (315) more than March 2019)
14,134 Full-time equivalent (8.9% (1,158) more than March 2019)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (clearly stating GP Workforce as the subject heading) or 0300 303 5678.