List of Registered Medical Practitioners - statistics

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 02 April 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.

Curent Statistics

Registration status on the LRMP

Registration status No. of doctors % No. of doctors licensed %
Full registration 238,916 89.51% 207,220 88.36%
Full registration in an Approved Practice Setting* 19,777 7.41% 19,208 8.19%
Provisional registration 8,156 3.06% 8,060 3.44%
Temporary full registration for special purpose registrations**

23

0.01% 23 0.01%
Visiting EEA registration*** 18 0.01% 16

0.01%

Total doctors registered on LRMP 266,890 100.00% 234,529 100.00%

*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 83,501 31.2% 73,198 31.2%
GP Register 64,998 24.4% 59,765 25.5%
Total no. of doctors on LRMP 266,890 100.00% 234,529 100.00%

*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 148,185 55.5% 56,403 67.5% 32,486 49.9%
Woman 118,705 44.5% 27,098 32.5% 32,512 50.1%
Total

266,890

100.00% 83,501 100.00% 64,998 100.0%

Doctors by age group

Age group No. of doctors %
<= 25 8,873 3.32%
26 - 35 75,000 28.10%
36 - 45 78,731 29.50%
46 - 55 56,469 21.16%
56 - 65 30,780 11.53%
> 65 12,768 4.78%
No Birth Date 4,629 1.60%
Grand total 266,890 100.00%

 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) 29,326 11.0% 4,064 6.3% 13,994 16.8%
International 68,984 25.8% 10,869 16.7% 20,527 24.6%
UK 168,580 63.2% 50,065 77.0% 48,980 58.7%
Total 266,890 100.00% 64,998 100.00% 83,501 100.00%

 

Doctors by World Region of Primary Medical Qualification

Top 20 countries of qualification

PMQ country No. of doctors %
United Kingdom 168,801 63.2%
India 24,986 9.4%
Pakistan 9,846 3.7%
South Africa 5,232 2.0%
Nigeria 4,230 1.6%
Ireland 4,045 1.5%
Italy 3,574 1.3%
Greece 3,459 1.3%
Egypt     3,344 1.3%
Germany 3,233 1.2%
Sri Lanka 2,437 0.9%
Iraq 2,392 0.9%
Romania 2,332 0.9%
Poland 2,094 0.8%
Australia 1,976 0.7%
Spain 1,750 0.7%
Sudan 1,669 0.6%
Hungary 1,496 0.6%
Czech Republic 1,235 0.5%
Bulgaria 974 0.4%
Total 249,105 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 11,074 11.57%
General (internal) medicine 2 10,128 10.58%
Paediatrics 3 5,896 6.16%
General psychiatry 4 5,797 6.05%
Clinical radiology 5 5,117 5.34%
General surgery 6 4,694 4.90%
Obstetrics and gynaecology 7 4,367 4.56%
Trauma and orthopaedic surgery 8 4,237 4.43%
Ophthalmology 9 2,558 2.67%
Cardiology 10 2,274 2.38%
Histopathology 11 2,136 2.23%
Gastroenterology 12 1,863 1.95%
Respiratory medicine 13 1,815 1.90%
Haematology 14 1,513 1.58%
Child and adolescent psychiatry 15 1,489 1.56%
Old age psychiatry 16 1,477 1.54%
Public health medicine 17 1,469 1.53%
Endocrinology and diabetes mellitus 18 1,438 1.50%
Urology 19 1,388 1.45%
Otolaryngology 20 1,373 1.43%
Total - 72,103 75.31%

Doctors by ethnicity level 1 and 2

Ethnic origin Ethnic origin - Level 2 No. of doctors %
Asian or Asian British
Any other Asian background

9,355

3.5%
Bangladeshi 1,598 0.6%
Chinese 5,075 1.9%
Indian 31,557 11.8%

Pakistani

11,156 4.2%
Unspecified 40 0.0%
Black or Black British African 7,077 2.7%
Any other Black background 572 0.2%
Caribbean 624 0.2%
Unspecified 19 0.0%
Mixed Any other mixed background 2,050 0.8%
Unspecified 1 0.0%
White and Asian 1,659 0.6%
White and Black African 871 0.3%
White and Black Caribbean 292 0.1%
Not stated Not stated 4,229 1.6%
Other Ethnic Groups
Any other ethnic group 5,320 2.0%
Arab 1,306 0.5%
Unspecified 29 0.0%
Unspecified Unspecified 45,261 17.0%
White Any other White background 28,154 10.5%
British 105,156 39.4%
Irish 5,385 2.0%
Unspecified 104 0.0%
Grand Total 266,890 100.0%

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 form 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