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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 7 December 2015.

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 2005 to 2014.

Current Statistics

Registration status on the LRMP

Registration status No. of doctors % No. of doctors licensed %
Full registration 236,862 86.5% 199,802 85.0%
Full registration in an Approved Practice Setting* 28,7200 10.5% 27,131 11.5%
Provisional registration 8,239 3.0% 8,149 3.5%
Temporary full registration for special purpose registrations**

23

0.0% 23 0.0%
Visiting EEA registration*** 29 0.0% 29

0.0%

Total doctors registered on LRMP 273,853 100.0% 235,134 100.0%

*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 85,879 31.4% 73,293 31.2%
GP Register 66,351 24.2% 60,356 25.7%
Total no. of doctors on LRMP 273,853 100.0% 235,134 100.0%

*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 150,882 55.1% 57,598 67.1% 32,658 49.2%
Woman 122,971 44.9% 28,281 32.9% 33,693 50.8%
Total

273,853

100.0% 85,879 100.0% 66,351 100.0%

Doctors by age group

Age group No. of doctors %
<= 25 10,715 3.9%
26 - 35 76,139 27.8%
36 - 45 80,350 29.3%
46 - 55 57,796 21.1%
56 - 65 31,672 11.6%
> 65 13,344 4.9%
No birth date 3,837 1.4%
Grand total 273,853

100.0%

 Doctors 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) 29,885 10.9% 4,079 6.1% 14,477 16.9%
International 69,954 25.5% 10,957 16.5% 21,220 24.7%
UK 174,014 63.5% 51,315 77.3% 50,182 58.4%
Total 273,853 100.0% 66,351 100.0% 85,879 100.00%

 

Doctors by World Region of Primary Medical Qualification

Top 20 countries of qualification

PMQ country No. of doctors %
United Kingdom 174,014 63.5%
India 25,038 9.1%
Pakistan 10,155 3.7%
South Africa 5,175 1.9%
Nigeria 4,364 1.6%
Ireland 4,152 1.5%
Italy 3,677 1.3%
Greece 3,610 1.3%
Egypt     3,450 1.3%
Germany 3,200 1.2%
Sri Lanka 2,462 0.9%
Romania 2,419 0.9%
Iraq 2,394 0.9%
Poland 2,160 0.8%
Australia 1,989 0.7%
Sudan 1,719 0.6%
Spain 1,692 0.6%
Hungary 1,509 0.6%
Czech Republic 1,266 0.5%
Bulgaria 993 0.4%
Total 255,438 93.3%

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 11,333 11.5%
General (internal) medicine 2 10,550 10.7%
Paediatrics 3 6,105 6.2%
General psychiatry 4 5,862 6.0%
Clinical radiology 5 5,267 5.3%
General surgery 6 4,831 4.9%
Obstetrics and gynaecology 7 4,484 4.6%
Trauma and orthopaedic surgery 8

4,349

4.4%
Ophthalmology 9 2,663 2.7%
Cardiology 10 2,363 2.4%
Histopathology 11 2,158 2.2%
Gastroenterology 12 1,960 2.0%
Respiratory medicine 13 1,901 1.9%
Haematology 14 1,554 1.6%
Child and adolescent psychiatry 15 1,514 1.5%
Old age psychiatry 16 1,497 1.5%
Endocrinology and diabetes mellitus 17 1,483 1.5%
Public health medicine 18 1,469 1.5%
Urology 19 1,440 1.5%
Emergency medicine 20 1,429 1.5%
Total - 74,212 75.4%

Doctors by ethnicity level 1 and 2

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

1,689

0.6%
Chinese 5,370 2.0%
Indian 32,332 11.8%
Pakistani 11,731 4.3%

Any other Asian background

9,812 3.6%
Unspecified 39 0.0%
Black or Black British African 7,427 2.7%
Caribbean 659 0.2%
Any other Black background 568 0.2%
Unspecified 19 0.0%
Mixed White and Asian 1,820 0.7%
White and Black African 908 0.3%
White and Black Caribbean 318 0.1%
Any other mixed background 2,172 0.8%
Unspecified 1 0.0%
Not stated Not stated 4,564 1.7%
Other Ethnic Groups
Arab 1,527 0.6%
Any other ethnic group 5,493 2.0%
Unspecified 29 0.0%
Unspecified Unspecified 44,618 16.3%
White British 108,171 39.5%
Irish 5,669 2.1%
Any other White background 28,814 10.5%
Unspecified 103 0.0%
Grand Total 273,853 100.0%

Historical Statistics

Registered doctors each year from 2005 - 2014

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

 No. of doctors on the LRMP per year for 2005-2014

Doctors added to the LRMP each year from 2005 - 2014

Doctors added to the LRMP each year from 2005-2014

Doctors on the GP Register each year from 2006 - 2014

 Doctors on the GP Register each year from 2005-2014

Doctors on the Specialist Register each year from 2005 - 2014

Doctors on the specialist register each year from 2005-2014

 

Doctors by gender from 2005 - 2014

Doctors by gender from 2005-2014

 

Doctors by World Region of PMQ for 2005 - 2014

Doctors by World Region of PMQ for 2004-2015

 

Doctors added to the LRMP by World Region of PMQ for 2005 - 2014

Doctors added to the register by World Region of PMQ for 2005-2014