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January 2019

More nurses working in general practice

The number of nurses working in general practice increased by about 1.5% in the last year, according to the most recent figures from NHS Digital.

From September 2017 to September 2018, the total number of practice nurses (headcount) increased by 1.4% to 23,135 and the number of full time equivalents (FTE) increased by 1.5% to 16,037.

The number of administrative and non-clinical staff increased by 1.6% to 92,960 (headcount).

Over the same period, the number of GPs (FTEs), excluding registrars, retainers and locums, declined by 1.4% to 27,435 although the headcount increased by 51 (0.1%) to 34,318. When all groups, including registrars were included, the GP headcount rose by 0.2% to 42,445. However, this translates to a decrease of 0.6% when expressed as FTEs.

General practices in England were paid over £9 billion in the last financial year, of which QOF payments accounted for £716 million.