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Primary Care Workforce in Alternative Settings - General Practitioners in the Covid Clinical Assessment Service

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Primary Care Workforce in Alternative Settings - General Practitioners in the Covid Clinical Assessment Service


Summary

The COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Service (CCAS) was an emergency service accessed via the NHS 111 service to provide a remote, clinical review of patients with COVID-19 symptoms and direct them to the most appropriate care for their needs. These clinical reviews were undertaken by GPs and this release considers the CCAS GP workforce. The COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Service was operative from 28 March 2020 to May 2021 and there were fluctuations in the demand for patient appointments during this period according to the COVID-19 infection rates. Recruitment to the service ceased in January 2021 and all GPs were onboarded by March this year. Please refer to Background, Data Sources and Data Quality sections for more context and for details about the data. We are continually working to improve our publications and we welcome feedback from all our users by email to: PrimaryCareWorkforce@nhs.net.


Key Facts

We identified 1,479 distinct GPs who had worked one or more sessions for the Covid Clinical Assessment Service by 31 March 2021.

Over a third (35%) of GPs working for CCAS were aged 60 or above.

Women accounted for over 60% of the CCAS GP workforce and a fifth of the cohort aged 60 or above; over half the male GPs (56%) were in this 60+ age category.

The 1,479 individual GPs equate to an average full-time equivalence of 161 over the year. Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) is a standardised measure of the workload of an employed person and allows for the total workforce workload to be expressed as the 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.




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