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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 4 April 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 235,826 86.1% 197,301 84.6%
Full registration in an Approved Practice Setting* 29,558 10.8% 27,640 11.9%
Provisional registration 8,225 3.0% 8,136 3.5%
Temporary full registration for special purpose registrations**

20

0.0% 20 0.0%
Visiting EEA registration*** 32 0.0% 32

0.0%

Total doctors registered on LRMP 273,761 100.0% 233,129 100.0%

*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 86,729 31.7% 73,353 31.5%
GP Register 66,330 24.2% 60,045 25.8%
Total no. of doctors on LRMP 273,761 100.0% 233,129 100.0%

*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 150,570 55.0% 57,963 66.8% 32,480 49.0%
Woman 123,191 45.0% 28,766 33.2% 33,850 51.0%
Total

273,761

100.0% 86,729 100.0% 66,330 100.0%

Doctors by age group

Age group No. of doctors %
<= 24 3,363 1.3%
25-34 73,353 26.8%
35-44 82,253 30.0%
45-54 60,956 22.3%
55-64 37,168 13.6%
65 and over 16,395 6.0%
Grand total 273,761

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) 30,082 11.0% 4,078 6.1% 14,653 16.9%
International 70,404 25.7% 10,964 16.5% 21,520 24.8%
UK 173,275 63.3% 51,288 77.3% 50,556 58.3%
Total 273,761 100.0% 66,330 100.0% 86,729 100.00%

 

Top 20 countries of qualification

PMQ country No. of doctors %
United Kingdom 173,275 63.3%
India 25,055 9.2%
Pakistan 10,295 3.8%
South Africa 5,137 1.9%
Nigeria 4,425 1.6%
Ireland 4,153 1.5%
Italy 3,706 1.4%
Greece 3,683 1.3%
Egypt     3,489 1.3%
Germany 3,189 1.2%
Sri Lanka 2,473 0.9%
Romania 2,463 0.9%
Iraq 2,406 0.9%
Poland 2,164 0.8%
Australia 2,003 0.7%
Sudan 1,748 0.6%
Spain 1,703 0.6%
Hungary 1,510 0.6%
Czech Republic 1,269 0.5%
Bulgaria 995 0.4%
Total 255,141 93.4%

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 11,444 11.5%
General (internal) medicine 2 10,676 10.7%
Paediatrics 3 6,191 6.2%
General psychiatry 4 5,874 5.9%
Clinical radiology 5 5,304 5.3%
General surgery 6 4,885 4.9%
Obstetrics and gynaecology 7 4,524 4.5%
Trauma and orthopaedic surgery 8

4,380

4.5%
Ophthalmology 9 2,680 2.7%
Cardiology 10 2,420 2.4%
Histopathology 11 2,175 2.2%
Gastroenterology 12 1,988 2.0%
Respiratory medicine 13 1,919 1.9%
Haematology 14 1,561 1.6%
Child and adolescent psychiatry 15 1,530 1.5%
Endocrinology and diabetes mellitus 16 1,506 1.5%
Old age psychiatry 17 1,502 1.5%
Urology 18 1,465 1.5%
Public health medicine     19 1,463 1.5%
Emergency medicine 20 1,460 1.5%
Total - 74,947 75.3%

Doctors by ethnicity level 1 and 2

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

1,712

0.6%
Chinese 5,339 2.0%
Indian 32,488 11.9%
Pakistani 11,929 4.4%

Any other Asian background

9,885 3.6%
Unspecified 40 0.0%
Black or Black British African 7,552 2.8%
Caribbean 660 0.2%
Any other Black background 568 0.2%
Unspecified 19 0.0%
Mixed White and Asian 1,834 0.7%
White and Black African 900 0.3%
White and Black Caribbean 317 0.1%
Any other mixed background 2,194 0.8%
Unspecified 1 0.0%
Not stated Not stated 4,584 1.7%
Other Ethnic Groups
Arab 1,657 0.6%
Any other ethnic group 5,498 2.0%
Unspecified 29 0.0%
Unspecified Unspecified 43,886 16.0%
White British 107,776 39.4%
Irish 5,688 2.1%
Any other White background 29,045 10.6%
Unspecified 100 0.0%
Grand Total 273,853 100.0%

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