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Primary Care Workforce Quarterly Update, 31 March 2023, Experimental Statistics

Revision of collated FTE time series

An issue has been identified with the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme claims data which resulted in a small amount of overcounting in the collated full-time equivalent (FTE) figures published in previous releases. 

The data used for the calculations included a small number of cases which related to staff who had left the PCN where they were working but remained in the system.  

The cases have been identified and excluded from the underlying data. Consequently, the collated figure time series has been recalculated and revised figures published in tables 1a and 1b of the collated full-time equivalent Excel tables. All CSVs from the beginning of the time series have also been revised and republished.

18 May 2023 09:30 AM

FTE GPs tables added

On Thursday, 8 June 2023, an additional Excel file was included under Resources on the Overview page, presenting Primary Care Workforce, England - full-time equivalent (FTE) GPs, March 2023. See the Using This Publication page for more information.

8 June 2023 09:30 AM


The Primary Care Workforce Quarterly Update presents snapshot data of the Primary Care workforce for General Practice and Primary Care Network Staff. Snapshot data refers to the situation at a specific date. This relates to the end of the quarter (June, September, December and March), however, data are made available at different times due to availability according to the release schedule below.

The statistics present data at Full-time equivalent (FTE) for all staff groups with breakdowns of individual job roles within these high-level groups. In line with our other Workforce publications, 1 FTE equates to a working pattern 37.5 hours per week, while a colleague working 30 hours would be classed as 0.8 FTE.

This publication presents two different measures of full-time equivalent (FTE) primary care workforce statistics – 1. Primary Care Workforce FTE for all staff groups as reported through the National Workforce Reporting Service (NWRS only), 2. An enhanced view of the direct patient care (DPC) staff group only FTE using Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) data in combination with NWRS data to form what we are calling the ‘collated’ FTE.

For the Primary Care Workforce FTE as reported through the NWRS only, FTE figures represent the FTE reported for each job role by both general practices and PCNs via NWRS. They are presented in Excel bulletin tables for the nurse, DPC and admin/non-clinical staff groups, with the FTE for the GP staff group released separately, four weeks after initial publication to allow for final ‘ad-hoc’ locum FTE to be included. England-level figures will be presented, as well as NHS England and NHS Improvement Region and Integrated Care Board (ICB) breakdowns.

The results of the ‘collated’ FTE analysis are presented in an Excel Bulletin table with time series data starting from September 2021, updated each quarter to show collated FTE net of March 2019 (tables 1a and 2a) and the total collated FTE (March 2019 FTE plus the net change since then - tables 1b and 2b). The data is split for the DPC roles between NWRS / ARRS claims portal roles and NWRS-only roles. For each release, we also show breakdowns at NHS England and NHS Improvement Region, Integrated Care Board (ICB), Sub-ICB Location and Primary Care Network (PCN) levels. A CSV for each reporting period is also be published, showing the net change and total collated FTE figures for each job role and PCN, as well as the NWRS FTE included in the calculations.

We are continually working to improve our publications to ensure their contents are as useful and relevant as possible for our users. We welcome feedback from all users to [email protected].

Release schedule

Staff Group

Data Source(s)

Data Coverage

Date of Publication*

DPC, Nurses and Admin/Non-clinical staff staff


March 2023

18th May 2022

June 2023

17th August 2023

September 2023

16th November 2023

General Practitioners


March 2023

8th June 2023

June 2023

7th September 2023

September 2023

7th December 2023

*Dates are indicative and may be subject to change. Please re-visit the page for updates.

Key Facts

Full-Time Equivalent 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.


FTE GPs working in primary care networks and general practices on 31 March 2023

Based on National Working Reporting Service (NWRS) submissions


FTE nurses working in primary care networks and general practices on 31 March 2023

Based on National Working Reporting Service (NWRS) submissions


FTE admin / non-clinical staff working in primary care networks and general practices on 31 March 2023

Based on National Working Reporting Service (NWRS) submissions


FTE direct patient care staff working in primary care networks and general practices on 31 March 2023

Based on National Working Reporting Service (NWRS) submissions


More FTE direct patient care staff on 31 March 2023 compared to 31 March 2019

Based on collated calculation using NWRS submissions and Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) claims data

Last edited: 6 June 2023 4:24 pm