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Publication, Part of

General Ophthalmic Services, Workforce statistics, England and Wales - Year ending 31 December 2006

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Wales, England
Geographical Granularity:
Date Range:
01 Jan 1996 to 31 Dec 2006


This publication shows the number of optometrists and ophthalmic medical practitioners (OMPs) who held contracts with Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England and Local Health Boards (LHBs) in Wales to carry out NHS funded sight tests at 31 December 2006.

Key Facts

  • There were 8,946 practitioners in England and 673 in Wales at 31 December 2006. This represents an increase of 3.6 per cent for England on the number registered on the same date in 2005 with no change for Wales. Compared to 1996, there has been an increase of 29 per cent in both England in Wales (table 1, figures 1a and 1b).
  • 96 per cent of practitioners in each of England and Wales were optometrists. The remainder were OMPs.
  • In England, 30.3 per cent of all practitioners (2,715 individuals) were on a PCT ophthalmic list in 2006 with the remainder (6,231) on a supplementary list (table 2).
  • At 31 December 2006, 44.6 per cent of the total number of practitioners in England and 44.9 per cent in Wales were female. The proportion of female practitioners has risen from 38.4 per cent in England in 1996 and 39.7 per cent in Wales (table 3, figures 2a and 2b).
  • There were 5,748 practitioners' premises in England at the end of 2006 which represents a fall of 0.7 per cent in England. In Wales, there were 392 premises which was an increase of 1.8 per cent (table 4).
  • Detailed data at PCT level are included as an annex to this report.


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