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Br J Gen Pract. 2020 Feb 10. pii: bjgp20X708185. doi: 10.3399/bjgp20X708185. [Epub ahead of print]

Regional variation in practitioner employment in general practices in England: a comparative analysis.

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1
Centre for Primary Care Research, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester.
2
Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, Manchester.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In recent years, UK health policy makers have responded to a GP shortage by introducing measures to support increased healthcare delivery by practitioners from a wider range of backgrounds.

AIM:

To ascertain the composition of the primary care workforce in England at a time when policy changes affecting deployment of different practitioner types are being introduced.

DESIGN AND SETTING:

This study was a comparative analysis of workforce data reported to NHS Digital by GP practices in England.

METHOD:

Statistics are reported using practice-level data from the NHS Digital June 2019 data extract. Because of the role played by Health Education England (HEE) in training and increasing the skills of a healthcare workforce that meets the needs of each region, the analysis compares average workforce composition across the 13 HEE regions in England RESULTS: The workforce participation in terms of full-time equivalent of each staff group across HEE regions demonstrates regional variation. Differences persist when expressed as mean full-time equivalent per thousand patients. Despite policy changes, most workers are employed in long-established primary care roles, with only a small proportion of newer types of practitioner, such as pharmacists, paramedics, physiotherapists, and physician associates.

CONCLUSION:

This study provides analysis of a more detailed and complete primary care workforce dataset than has previously been available in England. In describing the workforce composition at this time, the study provides a foundation for future comparative analyses of changing practitioner deployment before the introduction of primary care networks, and for evaluating outcomes and costs that may be associated with these changes.

KEYWORDS:

employment; general practice; health workforce; primary care networks; statistics and numerical data

PMID:
32041770
DOI:
10.3399/bjgp20X708185

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