Workload warning as GPs told to submit workforce data by May

Practices have been given just months to supply data on their staff covering recruitment, vacancies, absences and a range of personal information - in a move GP leaders warn will add to already soaring workload.

GP consultation: practices told to submit staff data (Photo: JH Lancy)
GP consultation: practices told to submit staff data (Photo: JH Lancy)

Practices will be given access to a data tool this month, and have until the end of May 2015 to upload information.

NHS England and the government plan to collect a ‘minimum workforce data set’ from GP practices to understand the current health service workforce and plan for the future.

Practices will be expected to update their information via the online tool every six months.

Another downside of the Health Act

In a letter to Birmingham LMC members, executive secretary Dr Robert Morley wrote: ‘This is yet another downside, as if you didn’t already have enough to cope with, of the Health and Social Care Act.’

Many practices and LMCs have contacted GPC leaders to raise concerns about the impact of the additional work involved in collecting the workforce data.

But GPC lawyers have advised that practices are legally obliged to provide the information, and that this obligation overrides any data protection rules.

Practices will be expected to supply data including national insurance numbers, date of birth, age, gender and ethnicity of staff.

The GPC advice says practices should inform staff about the collection of their data.

Read the GPC guidance in full

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