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GP Practice Vacancies Survey - 2005Official statistics, Survey
- Publication Date:
- 29 Jul 2005
- Geographic Coverage:
- Wales, England
- Geographical Granularity:
- Country, GP practices, Dental practices, Pharmacies and clinics
- Date Range:
- 01 Apr 2004 to 31 Mar 2005
The GP Practice Vacancies Survey was conducted for the first time in 2005. It collects and supplies data about GP recruitment in England and Wales, formerly provided by the GP Recruitment, Retention and Vacancy Survey (GP RRV). It also provides data on nurse and other staff vacancies in GP practices.
The survey method used was to sample 2,000 randomly selected GP practices in England and 200 practices in Wales, stratified geographically by DH boundaries. From the sampled data, the GP Practice Vacancies Survey produces estimated vacancy figures at English Strategic Health Authority-level and Welsh Government Office Region-level for GPs, Practice Nurses/Nurse Practitioners and other Practice Staff. Of the 2,200 GP practices sampled, 1,404 returned a completed survey questionnaire; a response rate of 64%, representing 16% of all GP practices.
The estimated 3-month GP vacancy rate is 2.4 per cent for England and 2.1 per cent for Wales.
In the most rural areas, the estimated 3-month GP vacancy rate is 1.1 per cent. In the most urban areas, it is 4.2 per cent.
In practices with the heaviest workload, the estimated 3-month GP vacancy rate is 3.6 per cent. In those with the least heavy workload, it is 1.2 per cent.
The average number of 3-month GP vacancies per 100,000 patients is 1.4 in England and 1.3 in Wales.
The average number of 3-month Nurse vacancies per 100,000 patients is 0.8 in England and 0.4 in Wales.
The average number of 3-month Practice Staff vacancies per 100,000 patients is 0.9 in both England and Wales.
ISBN Reference: 1-84636-006-4