General Practice Introduction
Published: 13 December 2016
General Practice - GP workforce and practice list sizes
Published: 01 November 2016
NHS Payments to General Practice
Published: 11 October 2016
Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF) of the new GMS contract - achievement, prevalence and exception reporting data
Published: 14 June 2016
Primary Care Workforce Survey Scotland 2015 -
ISD holds and maintains a range of data relating to general practices in Scotland. The main areas about which we hold and publish information are:
- Information about GP workforce & Practice populations. This includes the GP workforce and other practice staff and information about general practices (GP surgeries) in Scotland and their list sizes (practice populations)..
- Estimated numbers of patient consultations in general practices, overall and for specific health conditions. These are available via our GP Consultations pages
- Information from the Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF) of the General Medical Services (GMS contract). This includes information on QOF achievements and payments, and also on numbers of patients included on QOF registers for particular health conditions, with corresponding QOF-reported “prevalence” rates.
- You may also be interested in available information about the GP Out of Hours Services.
We may also be able to help if you are looking for information on general practice that is not already published on our web pages. For example we can often provide information tailored to individual customer requirements (which we do in accordance with ISD’s Information Request protocol). Please contact us if you have a particular request that you would like to discuss with us, or if you are not sure that ISD holds the information that you are looking for.
SPIRE - is a service that will allow small amounts of information from GP practice records to be used to help doctors' surgeries, NHSScotland and the Scottish Government to improve care and plan services, and to help researchers to learn more from patient information held at GP practices.
November 2016 - The third publication of information about payments made to Scotland's General Practices is now available containing 2015-16 financial year data and trend data from 2005-06 to 2015-16. The report gives definitions of practice types as well as payment types, and the associated data table gives the breakdown of payments at practice level.
October 2016 - Quality & Outcomes (QOF) of the new GMS contract - achievement, prevalence and exception reporting data covering April 2015 to March 2016 was released on 11 October 2016. This will be the last QOF publication as the QOF is being decommissioned, with all points being retired and funding transferred to practice core funding. QOF data will no longer be extracted for payment purposes. 2016-17 QOF data will continue to be extracted to support the peer led GP Cluster Continuous Quality Improvement process as part of the latest GMS contract agreement.
August 2016 - The Primary Care Indicators (PCIs) have been updated and revamped using a data visualisation package called Tableau to make them much more useful, easier to use and focussed around your practice. We have also changed how the PCIs can be accessed. The data which were previously available on a secure part of ISD's website are no longer available to view. Users need to register for a username and password through our User Access System (UAS). Once access has been granted, the PCIs can be viewed by entering the username and password at https://viz.nhsnss.scot.nhs.uk. Operational guidance can be found in the Primary Care Indicators User Manual [330Kb].
June 2016 - Breach of Protocol 2 Practice 8 of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics - ISD was made aware of a breach of publication practice relating to the Primary Care Workforce Survey 2015, whereby a journalist had early access to the key findings prior to release. However, no figures were in the public domain prior to the official publication time. ISD has reported this breach to the UK Statistics Authority and is now undertaking a review of its pre-release and early access to data arrangements.
Publishing primary care out of hours information consultation - We are currently reviewing how we publish primary care out of hours information and are keen to have your views on this. To take part, please complete the Consultation [625Kb] and email to NSS.firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 30 June 2016.
November 2015 - The second publication of information about payments made to Scotland's General Practices is now available containing 2014-15 financial year data and trend data from 2005-06 to 2014-15. The report gives definitions of practice types as well as payment types, and the associated data table gives the breakdown of payments at practice level.
October 2015 - Quality & Outcomes (QOF) of the new GMS contract - achievement, prevalence and exception reporting data covering April 2014 to March 2015 was released on 13 October 2015.
May 2015 - The first publication of information about payments made to Scotland's General Practices is now available. The Report gives definitions of practice types as well as payment types, and the associated data table gives the breakdown of payments at practice level.
December 2014 - We have published GP Workforce & Practice populations data, which includes the headcount of GPs contracted to work in Scottish practices, information on the number of GP practices in Scotland and details of their practice populations. Reference information is also available on deprivation and urban/rural status of practice populations.
As of September 2013, Practice Team Information (PTI) data is no longer collected. A replacement system is under development, which will collect more detailed data from a greater number of practices; details of the replacement system may be found on the SPIRE website. Previous publications may be found here.
ISD welcomes all comments and suggestions on General Practice publications. If you wish to contact the Primary Care Team at ISD about these publications, please email nss.isdGeneralPractice@nhs.net.