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GPs and Other Practice Workforce

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GPs and Other Practice Workforce

In the table below you will find information on the numbers of GPs, practice nurses and other staff that are in post in Scottish General Practices.

Information about the GP workforce is published annually alongside information about the patient population associated with GP practices - please follow the Publications link in the navigation menu.

Number (headcount) of GPs in post

The GP workforce information available below is based on a census point of 1 October for 2004 and 30 September for the years 2005 to 2016.

For annual information on the number (headcount) of GPs in post in Scotland by gender and age group, please refer to data table 1 in the most recent publication of General Practice - GP Workforce and Practice Population Statistics

Longer term trend information on GPs in post is published on ISD's main workforce pages

Workforce in Scottish General Practices

The following section provides links to other non-routine information on the Scottish general practice workforce.

The estimated head count and Whole Time Equivalents (WTEs) for GPs, nurses, nurse practitioners and other practice staff were published as part of the Primary Care Workforce Survey conducted in 2015. The survey was previously carried out in 2007, 2009 and 2013.

Information on the workforce of General Practice Out of Hours services in each NHS Board area was published as part of the Primary Care Workforce Survey 2015. A pilot survey of GP Out of Hours services was carried out as part of the 2013 survey, from which limited results were published.

Information on the 2015 Primary Care Workforce Survey is available on the National Primary Care Workforce Survey 2015 page.

Until late 2003, NHS Board-level counts of the numbers of practice staff (including practice nurses) employed by general practices were supplied to ISD by NHS Boards, as part of the data forms ISD(M)8GMS and ISD(M)8PMS. With the introduction of the new General Medical Services contract on 1 April 2004, changes to information that practices were required to provide meant that information on practice nurses and other staff was no longer mandatory. However, information on nurses and healthcare support workers has been gathered as part of the National Primary Care Workforce Surveys.

Description of available information 1988-2003 2007* 2009 2013 2015
GP Workforce employed by General Practices in Scotland (estimated headcount and WTEs).

Provides estimates of WTE and headcounts of GPs for year ending 31st August 2015. Similar reports with less detail were provided in 2009.
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GP and Nurse Workforce who contributed to the Out of Hours services (headcount, average weekly hours and WTEs)

Provides information on Out of Hours workforce in year ending 31st August 2015. Limited results were published within the National Primary Care Workforce Survey based on a pilot survey.
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GP - patterns of sessional committments.

Provides information on patterns of sessional commitments amongst GPs in Scottish practices as at 31st August 2015. Similar reports with less detail were provided in 2009.
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Nurses and nurse practitioners employed by General Practices in Scotland (estimated headcount and WTEs).

Provides estimates of headcount and WTE for nurses and nurse practitioners. A limited amount of information is available on the 2007 Primary Care Workforce Survey. The historical records (1988 - 2003) provide details of practice nurse WTE at the NHS Board level and headcount and WTEs for Scotland.
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Health care support workers employed by General Practices in Scotland (estimated headcount and WTEs).

Provides estimates of headcount and WTE for Health care support workers. A limited amount of information on this staff group is available from the results of a 2007 National Primary Care Workforce Survey.
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Health care assistants/health care phlebotomists employed by General Practices in Scotland (estimated headcount and WTEs).

Provides estimates of headcount and WTE for Health care phlebotomists. A limited amount of information on this staff group is available from the results of a 2007 National Primary Care Workforce Survey.
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GP and nurse/healthcare support worker/phlebotomist vacancies and recruitment to posts

Provides information on post vacancies and reported issues with recruitment. Similar reports with less detail were provided in 2013.
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Practice Managers and other practice staff employed by General practices in Scotland (headcount and WTEs).

A limited amount of information on numbers of practice managers and other practice staff is available from the results of a 2007 National Primary Care Workforce Survey.
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Admin/clerical and other practice staff employed by General Practices in Scotland.

Previously part of the ISD(M)8GMS and ISD(M)8PMS information collated by NHS Boards, which changed with the introduction of the new GMS contract on 1st April 2004. The supply of information on practice nurses and other staff was not mandatory under the new contract however details of practice nurse and other staff groups available from Primary Care Workforce Surveys. Data available from 1990 - 2003.
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* If you would like a copy of the 2007 Primary Care Workforce Survey report please email NSS.isdGeneralPractice@nhs.net


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