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Data Provider: Welsh Government Welsh language skill and ability of fully qualified GPs (headcount) by local health board
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Wales1,21557122029147965.The data item is not applicable2,445
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board2111429456206.The data item is not applicable502
Powys Teaching Health Board57.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable464.The data item is not applicable125
Hywel Dda University Health Board14219321521131.The data item is not applicable333
Swansea Bay University Health Board169131344137.The data item is not applicable331
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board208351327173.The data item is not applicable420
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board274413118218.The data item is not applicable519
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board2446.The data item is not applicable2521191.The data item is not applicable469


General description

This shows the number of (headcount) fully qualified GPs employed in general practices by Welsh language skill (speaking, writing, reading) and ability and local health board, at every quarterly snapshot date since 30-Jun-21.

Data collection and calculation

Fully qualified GPs includes partners, providers, salaried, retainers and locum GPs only.
Figures for headcounts are unique counts. So a person who has more than one contract in the same local health board (LHB) has been counted once in that LHB. However, a person who has a contract in more than one LHB would appear once against each LHB. Therefore the figures cannot be summed by LHB.
Locums are counted if they had any work recorded through Locum Hub Wales at any point during the quarter ending in the snapshot date only. For all the other GP types, it is based on the headcount as at the snapshot date.

The Wales National Workforce Reporting System (WNWRS) provides a secure web based tool developed to capture information on staff working in general practices in Wales.
In broad terms, the system works by practice managers inputting details of their staff onto the system, confirming the details every quarter. Data is then extracted on the last day of each quarter (March, June, September, December). NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) perform validations to improve data quality before anonymised data are shared with Welsh Government statisticians to validate further and produce these official statistics.
Data from other sources supplement the data from WNWRS, these include:

• Locum Hub Wales (LHW): number of locums working in practices during the quarter up to the snapshot date.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

Data are shown as at 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

Users, uses and context

Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.

Rounding applied



Welsh language skill and ability of fully qualified GPs (headcount) by local health board

Last update

29 February 2024 29 February 2024

Next update

To be confirmed

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Wales National Workforce Reporting System (WNWRS)

Contact email

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local health boards

Geographical coverage


Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

Statistical quality

Note that locums are not required to enter their Welsh language ability when recording work through Locum Hub Wales, and therefore account for a large proportion of fully qualified GPs with unknown information.

A number of practices did not confirm their WNWRS data as being up-to-date in the quarter up to each snapshot date. See the statistical release for more information.


GPs, general practices