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Primary Care Workforce Quarterly Update, 31st March 2022, Experimental Statistics

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Primary Care Workforce Quarterly Update, 31st March 2022, Experimental Statistics


This release when published on 19 May 2022 included the following files:

Excel Bulletin Tables

  • Primary Care Workforce, England - full-time equivalent (FTE) Nurses, Direct Patient Care and Admin/non-clinical staff, September 2021 to March 2022
  • Primary Care Workforce, England - collated full-time equivalent (FTE) net change since March 2019 - Direct Patient Care staff, September 2021 to March 2022

CSVs

  • Collated full-time equivalent (FTE) by PCN and job role, September 2021, December 2021 and March 2022

On Thursday, 16 June, an additional Excel file will be included under Resources on the Overview page, presenting Primary Care Workforce, England - full-time equivalent (FTE) GPs, September 2021 to March 2022. See the Using This Publication page for more information.

19 May 2022 09:30 AM

Summary

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 Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) / Integrated Care System (ICS) breakdowns.

The results of the ‘collated’ FTE analysis are presented in an Excel Bulletin table with time series data starting from September 2021 and will be updated each quarter to show collated FTE net of March 2019. The data will be split for the DPC roles between ARRS and non-ARRS roles. For each data month, we will also show breakdowns of all DPC staff and ARRS roles at NHS England and NHS Improvement Region, Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) / Integrated Care System (ICS), Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Primary Care Network (PCN) breakdowns. A CSV for each quarter will also be published, showing the net and absolute 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 PrimaryCareWorkforce@nhs.net.


Release schedule

Release schedule

Staff Group

Data Source(s)

Data Coverage

Date of Publication*

DPC, Nurses and Admin/Non-clinical staff staff

NWRS, ARRS

March 2022

19th May 2022

June 2022

18th August 2022

September -2022

17th November 2022

December 2022

16th February 2022

General Practitioners

NWRS

March 2022

16th June 2022

June 2022

15th Sept 2022

September 2022

15th December 2022

December 2022

16th March 2022

*Dates beyond June 2022 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.

16,576

FTE nurses working in primary care networks and general practices on 31 March 2022

Based on National Working Reporting Service (NWRS) submissions

73,274

FTE admin / non-clinical staff working in primary care networks and general practices on 31 March 2022

Based on NWRS submissions

25,394

FTE direct patient care staff working in primary care networks and general practices on 31 March 2022

Based on NWRS submissions

18,221

More FTE direct patient care staff in March 2022 compared to 31 March 2019

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




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