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Publication, Part of

General and Personal Medical Services, England As at 31 December 2017, Provisional Experimental statistics

Publication Date:
Date Range:
30 Sep 2015 to 31 Dec 2017


28 November 2019. Following user and stakeholder consultation, we made several revisions to our data processing and methodology and revised all figures from September 2015 to December 2018 in the General Practice Workforce December 2018 publication. Following later changes to the September 2015 to December 2016 full-time equivalent (FTE) GP locum figures, we revised all affected locum figures in the General Practice Workforce September 2019 publication.

The figures in this publication are no longer valid as they were calculated using the previous methodology and therefore have now been superseded.

More information and the revised figures can be found on the General Practice Workforce September 2019 publication.

A provisional view of GP workforce by type working in General Practice.

CHANGE NOTICE: For the first time this publication includes information on all General Practice staff groups: GPs, Nurses, Direct Patient Care, and Administrative.  Time series information is available with the data tables for each staff group.

The general practice data records numbers and details of GPs, Nurses, Direct Patient Care and Admin/Non-Clinical staff in England. Time series data is available within the Excel tables together with more detailed information for December 2017 data for England, by NHS England Regions, Health Education England Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups and practice.

This report is one of several publications presenting details of staff numbers within the NHS workforce. Links to these publications are at the bottom of the page.

Given the classification of 'Provisional Experimental statistics' NHS Digital invites comments and feedback on the methodology applied. Feedback is welcomed via email.

Please email us with your comments and suggestions, clearly stating GP Workforce as the subject heading, via or contact 0300 303 5678.

Electronic Staff Record (ESR) information for December 2017 is not available at the time of publication, therefore ESR data from September 2017 has been used. It is for this reason that the General and Personal Medical Services in England December 2017 workforce report has been labelled 'Provisional'. 

Final December 2017 data will be available May 2018. The move from provisional to final figures generally involves small changes to the figures taking into account the latest ESR data and it is the opportunity for other amendments.


  • The total GP headcount (excluding Registrars, Retainers & Locums) is 34,395 as at December. This is an increase of 128 (0.4 per cent) from 34,267 in September 2017.
  • The total GP full time equivalent (FTE) (excluding Registrars, Retainers & Locums) is 27,930 as at December. This is an increase of 94 (0.3 per cent) from 27,836 in September 2017.
  • The total headcount was 22,871 for Nurses, 17,955 for Direct Patient Care staff and 92,652 for Admin/Non-Clinical staff as at December.
  • The total FTE was 15,847 for Nurses, 11,788 for Direct Patient Care staff and 64,565 for Admin/Non-Clinical staff as at December. 


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