About this release
This release by Public Health Scotland provides information on estimated whole time equivalent (WTE) of GPs in Scotland up to 2022, broken down by age and sex, GP designation and NHS Board. It also provides estimates of headcount and WTE for nurses at general practices in Scotland.
A minor error was uncovered with the GP headcount and WTE for 2013-2017 and this has now been corrected to match the 2019 publication. The error did not have an impact on any calculations or interpretations of the data. The summary and dashboard have also been corrected.
The second main point has been revised to make the interpretation of the data clearer.
- The estimated GP (excluding Specialist Trainees) WTE decreased from 3,613 in 2019 to 3,494 in 2022, a decrease of 3%.
- The reduction in WTE is likely the result of a long-term increase in female GPs, who are more likely to work part time compared to male GPs, and a long-term decrease in male GPs. There is also a recent trend of male GPs working fewer weekly sessions (down 10% from 2019).R
- The estimated WTE for all nurses in General Practice was 1,690 (based on 37 hours or more per week being full time), the same as the previous survey in 2019.
The National Primary Care Workforce Survey (external website) was last carried out in 2017. It was replaced in 2019 by a GP Data Collection Tool (external website), and the first results were published in the General practice workforce survey in 2021. The GP Data Collection Tool (external website) was used again to collect data on the GP, nurse and other professional workforce in general practice in 2022. Information on the Primary Care out of hours workforce will be published separately in early 2023.
Figures for GP headcount have been taken from the National Primary Care Clinicians Database (NPCCD), which is used in the annual GP Workforce and Practice List Sizes publication. These figures have also been used when estimating GP WTE from this data collection. Nurse WTE and nurse headcount are estimated based on practice population. For more details on the methodology used, see the Methodology section of the main report.
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