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Data Provider: Welsh Government Management Information General practitioners, registrars, retainers and average list size by local health board and year
YearAt 1 October for 2009 and before 2000, otherwise 30 September. Minor administrative errors have been identified relating to the 2011 and 2012 Headcount figures for Wales; these have been revised. [Filtered]
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OrganisationThe 7 Local Health Boards took over from the former 22 Local Health Boards on the 1 October 2009. Although it has been possible to show some data for years prior to this by Local Health Board it has not been possible to do so for all years. Aneurin Bevan, Cwm Taf, and Hywel Dda are now University Local Health Boards. The name change came into force on the 12 December 2013. [Filter]
Click here to sortAll practitioners (excluding GP Registrars, GP Retainers & locums)Following the introduction of a new GP contract in 2004, the category of unrestricted principal was obsolete. All Practitioners (excluding GP registrars, GP retainers and locums) replaced those previously shown separately as unrestricted principals, restricted principals, assistants and salaried doctors.Click here to sortGP RegistrarsA practitioner employed for the purpose of training in general practice and in respect of whom a training grant is paid. A GP regstrar in this release is either in their 2nd or 3rd year so the GP registrars are not all in the same cohortClick here to sortGP RetainersA practitioner who provides service sessions in general practice. They undertake the sessions as an assistant employed by the practice and are allowed to work a maximum of 4 sessions each week.Click here to sortGP LocumsA GP who deputises temporarily at a GP Practice, usually to cover for an absent GP Practitioner. Such cover should last for no more than 6 months. The data for 2014 is correct as at February 2015.Click here to sortRegistered PatientsClick here to sortAverage list sizeThis is calculated by dividing the total number of patients on lists by the number of \'All practitioners (excluding GP registrars, GP retainers and locums).Click here to sortPartnerships
Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board425354180708,9271,668105
Powys Teaching Local Health Board1020060139,3021,36617
Hywel Dda University Local Health Board22111196385,0091,74251
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board347833139541,5531,56167
Cwm Taf University Local Health Board17933057297,3481,66139
Aneurin Bevan University Local Health Board372300131611,4301,64478
Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board318386115512,6901,61263



General Practitioners, Registrars, Retainees and average List Size

Last update

27 March 2019 27 March 2019

Next update

March 2020

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Contact email


Management information

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local health boards

Geographical coverage


Languages covered

English only

Data licensing

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General description

This table contains information on the number of General Practitioners, Registrars, and Retainers.

Data collection and calculation

The data is provided by the NHS Digital, who collect data for Wales using the Exeter database. This database is a computerised payment system of General Medical Practitioners (GMPs) who are in contract with Local Health Boards.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

Data are shown from 1969 until 2013. The figures represent the position as at 30 September except prior to 2000 and 2009, which is at 01 October.

At 1 October for 2009 and before 2000, otherwise 30 September.

Users, uses and context

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

Rounding applied


Revisions information

Data prior to the last period covered have been revised.

Statistical quality

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


General medical practitioner; GMP; General practitioner; GPs; GP workforce; workforce; Registered patients; List size