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Census data toolkits


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The three Royal Colleges of Physicians have conducted a census of consultant physicians for many decades. It provides us with rich data that help us understand the make-up and state of the medical workforce.

We want to make sure fellows and members can also make use of the data to understand what is happening in their specialty and region. As well as a short summary report, we produce interactive census data toolkits that you can download.

Currently available are the following:

  • 2020-21 UK consultant data toolkits
  • 2019-20 UK HST summary data toolkits

Using the census data toolkits

The census data toolkits are interactive and feature a user guide. The census data can help you understand such things as:

  • Trends in the workforce 2004-20
  • Number of consultants and HSTs by specialty, nation, region and sub-region
  • Changes in workforce demographics and working patterns over time
  • Estimated numbers of consultants and HSTs who practice in acute medicine or general internal medicine
  • Estimated numbers of consultants and HSTs who practice less than full time
  • National, regional and sub-regional population vs numbers of full-time equivalent consultants and HSTs
  • Proportion of consultants working in majority-urban or majority-rural areas
  • Proportion of consultants working at multiple locations
  • Expected CCT dates for HSTs
  • HSTs training in more than one specialty
  • What proportion of UK consultants trained overseas?
  • Who are consultants employed by and what additional work do they do?
  • How many consultants are expected to retire over the next decade? What proportion of the workforce has previously-retired but returned? What work do they undertake? 
  • Who reports consultant vacancies and locum cover? What work areas are affected by those vacancies?

The census data toolkits are designed to allow you to logically progress from the headline figures to greater detail using filters to investigate the data by criteria such as age group, contract, specialty, nation and NHS region.

We think the new toolkits are the most user-friendly yet. If you have any comments or suggestions on how we can improve them, please contact MedicalWorkforce.Unit@rcp.ac.uk