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General and Personal Medical Services, England High-Level March 2017, Provisional Experimental statistics

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Regional health body, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups
Date Range:
30 Sep 2015 to 31 Mar 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The figures in this publication are no longer valid as they were calculated using the previous methodology and therefore have now been superseded.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 page at

A provisional view of GPs by type working in General Practice.

The general practice data records numbers and details of GPs in England. Time series data is available within the excel tables together with more detailed information for March 2017 data for England, by NHS England Regions, NHS England Region Local Offices, 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.

Note: This publication only includes information on GPs, other practice staff groups including Nurses are not included.

Given the classification of 'Provisional Experimental statistics' NHS Digital invited comments and feedback on the methodology applied which were reviewed over the summer and incorporated in revisions as part of this publication. Feedback is welcomed via email.

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

Key Facts

• The total GP headcount is 42,250 as at 31 March 2017.


• The total GP full time equivalent (FTE) is 34,372 as at 31 March 2017.


• There are 40,039 headcount GPs (excluding Locums), a decrease of 46 (0.1 per cent) from 40,085 at 31 December 2016.


• This represents 33,423 FTE GPs (excluding Locums), an increase of 36 (0.1 per cent) from 33,387 at 31 December 2016.


Comparisons between December 2016 and March 2017 figures should be treated with caution due to the currently unknown seasonality effect given this is the first annual cycle of the quarterly GP figures.


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Last edited: 28 November 2019 1:00 pm