They show that the proportion increased from 21% in 1995/96 to 34% in 2008/9.
The NHS Information Centre report says: ‘Whilst there is an increase in the proportion of consultations undertaken by nurses, this could easily reflect an increase in recording on computer by nurses as well as a true increase in the total numbers of patients seen by a nurse each year.'
There has also been a change in where consultations take place. In 1995/96 9% were home visits and 3% were via telephone. In 2008/9 the figures were 3% home visits and 12% telephone. The proportion in the surgery fell from 87 to 82%.
The average patient had 3.9 consultations each year in 1995/96 rising to 5.5 in 2008/9.
The total number of consultations in England rose from 224.5 million in 1995/96 to 303.9 million in 2008/9.
The estimated number of consultations for a typical practice in England rose from 21,300 in 1995/96 to 34,600 in 2008/9.