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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 3 April 2014.

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 2004 to 2013.

Current Statistics

Registration status on the LRMP

Registration status No. of doctors % No. of doctors licensed %
Full registration 241,311 92.89% 216,853 92.22%
Full registration in an Approved Practice Setting* 10,167 3.91% 10,103 4.30%
Provisional registration 8,271 3.18% 8,173 3.48%
Temporary full registration for special purpose registrations** 19 0.01% 19 0.01%
Visiting EEA registration*** 9 0.00% 9

0.00%

Total doctors registered on LRMP 259,777 100.00% 235,157 100.00%

*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 79,845 30.7% 72,723 30.7%
GP Register 63,753 24.5% 60,013 25.5%
Total no. of doctors on LRMP 259,777 100.00% 235,157 100.00%

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

Doctors by gender for each register

LRMP Specialist Register GP Register
Gender No. of doctors % No. of doctors % No. of doctors %
Man 145,761 56.1% 54,476 68.2% 32,593 51.1%
Woman 114,016 43.9% 25,369 31.8% 31,160 48.9%
Total 259,777 100.00% 79,845 100.00% 63,753 100.0%

Doctors by age group

Age group No. of doctors %
<= 25 9,090 3.50%
26 - 35 73,504 28.30%
36 - 45 75,849 29.20%
46 - 55 54,618 21.02%
56 - 65 29,478 11.35%
> 65 12,163 4.68%
No Birth Date 5,075 1.95%
Grand total 259,777 100.00%

 

Doctors on LRMP by age group

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) 27,757 10.6% 4,006 6.3% 12,885 16.1%
International 68,116 26.2% 10,642 16.7% 19,381 24.3%
UK 164,086 63.2% 49,105 77.0% 47,579 59.6%
Total 259,777 100.00% 63,753 100.00% 79,845 100.00%

 

Doctors by World Region of PMQ

Top 20 countries of qualification

PMQ country No. of doctors %
United Kingdom 164,086 63.3%
India 25,092 9.7%
Pakistan 9,491 3.7%
South Africa 5,369 2.1%
Nigeria 4,102 1.6%
Ireland 4,022 1.5%
Germany 3,247 1.2%
Egypt 3,238 1.2%
Greece 3,188 1.2%
Italy 3,032 1.2%
Sri Lanka 2,392 0.9%
Iraq 2,338 0.9%
Romania 2,179 0.8%
Poland 2,017 0.8%
Australia 1,981 0.8%
Spain 1,654 0.6%
Sudan 1,572 0.6%
Hungary 1,497 0.6%
Czech Republic 1,172 0.5%
Bulgaria 927 0.4%
Total 242,596 93.6%

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 10,660 11.66%
General (internal) medicine 2 9,590 10.48%
General psychiatry 3 5,622 6.14%
Paediatrics 4 5,534 6.05%
Clinical radiology 5 4,839 5.29%
General surgery 6 4,529 4.95%
Obstetrics and gynaecology 7 4,185 4.57%
Trauma and orthopaedic surgery 8 4,072 4.45%
Ophthalmology 9 2,421 2.65%
Cardiology 10 2,141 2.34%
Histopathology 11 2,094 2.29%
Respiratory medicine 12 1,694 1.85%
Public health medicine 13 1,479 1.62%
Child and adolescent psychiatry 14 1,450 1.58%
Haematology 15 1,433 1.57%
Old age psychiatry 16 1,430 1.56%
Geriatrics 17 1,361 1.49%
Endocrinology and diabetes mellitus 18 1,354 1.48%
Urology 19 1,346 1.47%
Otolaryngology 20 1,322 1.46%
Total - 68,556 74.95%

Doctors by ethnicity level 1 and 2

Ethnic origin Ethnic origin - Level 2 No. of doctors %
Asian or Asian British Any other Asian background 8,894 3.4%
Bangladeshi 1,519 0.6%
Indian 30,922 11.9%
Pakistani 10,450 4.0%
Unspecified 40 0.0%
Black or Black British African 6,722 2.6%
Any other Black background 566 0.2%
Caribbean 603 0.2%
Unspecified 19 0.0%
Mixed Any other mixed background 1,932 0.7%
Unspecified 1 0.0%
White and Asian 1,504 0.6%
White and Black African 854 0.3%
White and Black Caribbean 266 0.1%
Not stated Not stated 3,813 1.5%
Other Ethnic Groups
Any other ethnic group 5,104 2.0%
Chinese 4,781 1.8%
Unspecified 31 0.0%
Arab 1,035 0.4%
Unspecified Unspecified 46,458 17.9%
White Any other White background 26,347 10.1%
British 102,637 39.5%
Irish 5,164 2.0%
Unspecified 115 0.0%
Grand Total 259,777 100.0%

Historical Statistics

Registered doctors each year from 2004 - 2013

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

Doctors on the register from 2004-2013

 

Doctors added to the LRMP each year from 2004 - 2013

Doctors added to the LRMP 2004-2013

Doctors on the GP Register each year from 2006 - 2013

 

Doctors on the GP Register each year from 2006-2013

Doctors on the Specialist Register each year from 2004 - 2013

Doctors on the Specialist Register 2004-2013

 

Doctors by gender from 2004 - 2013

Doctors by gender 2004-2013

 

Doctors by World Region of PMQ for 2004 - 2013

Doctors by World Region of PMQ 2004-2013

 

Doctors added to the LRMP by World Region of PMQ for 2004 - 2013

Doctors added o the LRMP by World Region of PMQ for 2004-2013