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Registration statistics

This page contains statistical information about doctors on the List of Registered Medical Practitioners (LRMP), the General Practitioners (GP) Register and the Specialist Register. The statistics are updated on a monthly basis and were last updated on 10 August 2016.

The LRMP contains details of doctors registered to practise medicine in the United Kingdom. The GP Register contains a list of doctors who are registered to practise as General Practitioners in the United Kingdom. The Specialist Register is a register of doctors who are eligible to work as substantive, fixed term or honorary consultants in the health service in the UK. To work as a GP or consultant doctors must be registered on the GP/Specialist Register as well as the LRMP. Doctors must also have a licence to practise in order to perform the duties of a doctor and treat patients. More information about registration and licensing can be found within The Medical Register and Licensing sections of the website.

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Below is a list of all the tables and charts available. These are separated into the current statistics and those covering the period of 2006 to 2015.

Current Statistics

Registration status on the LRMP

Registration status No. of doctors % No. of doctors licensed %
Full registration 235,179 83.7% 195,177 81.8%
Full registration in an Approved Practice Setting* 37,863 13.5% 35,309 14.8%
Provisional registration 8,048 2.9% 7,964 3.3%
Temporary full registration for special purpose registrations**

19

0.0% 18 0.0%
Visiting EEA registration*** 29 0.0% 29

0.0%

Total doctors registered on LRMP 281,138 100.0% 238,498 100.0%

*Approved practice settings (APS) are organisations approved by the GMC as suitable for doctors who are new to full registration, or returning to the medical register after a prolonged absence.

**Special purpose registration allows doctors to be registered for a temporary period in order to treat non-UK nationals within the UK. This includes visiting eminent specialists.

***Visiting EEA registration refers to doctors who are European Economic Area nationals wishing to work in the UK temporarily. They are registered through a fast track process and placed on the visiting EEA practitioners list. 

Doctors on the GP and Specialist Registers

Register* No. of doctors % No. of doctors licensed %
Specialist Register 87,869 31.6% 73,790 30.9%
GP Register 67,836 24.1% 61,242 25.8%
Total no. of doctors on LRMP 281,138 100.0% 238,498 100.0%

*Please note that doctors can be registered on both the Specialist or GP Registers.

Not all doctors are on the Specialist or GP Registers

Doctors by gender for each register

LRMP Specialist Register GP Register
Gender No. of doctors % No. of doctors % No. of doctors %
Man 153,640 54.6% 58,489 66.6% 32,951 48.6%
Woman 127,498 45.4% 29,380 33.4% 34,885 51.4%
Total

281,138

100.0% 87,869 100.0% 67,836 100.0%

Doctors by age group

Age group No. of doctors %
<= 24 6,517 2.3%
25-34 75,763 26.9%
35-44 82,915 29.5%
45-54 61,519 21.8%
55-64 37,689 13.4%
65 and over 16,737 6.0%
Grand total 281,138

100.0%

We do not hold date of birth information for a small number of doctors. Where a doctors date of birth is null, we have used an age proxy. This age proxy assumes that the doctor was 24 at the time they passed/were awarded their PMQ.

Doctors by World Region of Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ)

The World Region of PMQ refers to the region in which a doctor gained their initial qualification and therefore does not necessarily reflect the nationality of the doctor.

PMQ World Region No. of doctors % No. of GPs % No. of Specialists %
EEA (excluding UK) 30,472 10.8% 4,113 6.1% 14,935 17.0%
International 71,139 25.3% 11,044 16.3% 21,819 24.8%
UK 179,527 63.9% 52,679 77.7% 51,115 58.2%
Total 281,138 100.0% 67,836 100.0% 87,869 100.00%

 

Top 20 countries of qualification

PMQ country No. of doctors %
United Kingdom 179,527 63.9%
India 25,503 8.9%
Pakistan 10,503 3.7%
South Africa 5,127 1.8%
Nigeria 4,513 1.6%
Ireland 4,227 1.5%
Greece 3,757 1.3%
Italy 3,740 1.3%
Egypt     3,587 1.3%
Germany 3,166 1.1%
Romania 2,504 0.9%
Sri Lanka  2,479 0.9%
Iraq 2,408 0.9%
Poland 2,206 0.8%
Australia 1,985 0.7%
Sudan 1,792 0.6%
Spain 1,724 0.6%
Hungary 1,521 0.5%
Czech Republic 1,308 0.5%
Bulgaria 1,006 0.4%
Total 262,583 93.2%

Top 20 specialties

Please note that doctors with more than one speciality will be counted within each speciality and therefore will have been counted more than once. 

Specialty Rank No. of doctors % of Specialist Register
Anaesthetics 1 11,587 11.5%
General (internal) medicine 2 10,774 10.7%
Paediatrics 3 6,277 6.2%
General psychiatry 4 5,918 5.9%
Clinical radiology 5 5,380 5.3%
General surgery 6 4,949 4.9%
Obstetrics and gynaecology 7 4,593 4.6%
Trauma and orthopaedic surgery 8

4,435

4.4%
Ophthalmology 9 2,712 2.7%
Cardiology 10 2,467 2.5%
Histopathology 11 2,189 2.2%
Gastroenterology 12 2,004 2.0%
Respiratory medicine 13 1,952 1.9%
Haematology 14 1,587 1.6%
Child and adolescent psychiatry 15 1,546 1.5%
Emergency medicine 16 1,530 1.5%
Old age psychiatry 17 1,527 1.5%
Endocrinology and diabetes mellitus 18 1,522 1.5%
Urology 19 1,480 1.5%
Public health medicine 20 1,468 1.5%
Total - 75,897 75.4%

Doctors by ethnicity level 1 and 2

Ethnic origin Ethnic origin - Level 2 No. of doctors %
Asian or Asian British
Bangladeshi

1,790

0.6%
Chinese 5,736 2.0%
Indian 33,415 11.9%
Pakistani 12,478 4.4%

Any other Asian background

10,237 3.6%
Unspecified 40 0.0%
Black or Black British African 7,924 2.8%
Caribbean 684 0.2%
Any other Black background 564 0.2%
Unspecified 19 0.0%
Mixed White and Asian 1,962 0.7%
White and Black African 913 0.3%
White and Black Caribbean 345 0.1%
Any other mixed background 2,300 0.8%
Unspecified 1 0.0%
Not stated Not stated 4,854 1.7%
Other Ethnic Groups
Arab 1,939 0.7%
Any other ethnic group 5,684 2.0%
Unspecified 28 0.0%
Unspecified Unspecified 43,060 15.3%
White British 111,456 39.6%
Irish 5,994 2.1%
Any other White background 29,619 10.5%
Unspecified 96 0.0%
Grand Total 281,138 100.0%

Historical Statistics

Registered doctors each year from 2006 - 2015

The figures shown are the number of doctors registered on the 31 December for each year.

 Number of doctors on the LRMP per year from 2006 to 2015

Doctors added to the LRMP each year from 2006 - 2015

 Doctors added to the LRMP each year from 2006 to 2015

Doctors on the GP Register each year from 2006 - 2015

  Doctors on the GP register each year from 2006 to 2015

Doctors on the Specialist Register each year from 2006 - 2015

  Doctors on the specialist register each year from 2006 to 2015

Doctors by gender from 2006 - 2015

  Doctors by gender for 2006 to 2015

Doctors by World Region of PMQ for 2006 - 2015

  Doctors by World Region of PMQ for 2006 to 2015

Doctors added to the LRMP by World Region of PMQ for 2006 - 2015