The General Medical Practitioners' (GMP) Workload Survey was jointly managed by the Department of Health and the British Medical Association. The survey was overseen by a project executive board and a technical steering group made up of representatives from the Department of Health and the BMA. The operation of the survey was divided into four distinct phases:
1. Selection of the survey sample.
2. Development of a Control System for tracking the GPs through their participation in the survey.
3. Recording and validating the data received from the survey respondents.
4. Analysis of the data and publication of the findings.
The survey involved a sample of 4000 GPs completing a survey of their activities over a given week during the year that the survey was being carried out. It was the intention that approximately 80 GPs would be asked to participate in the survey each week during the lifetime of the survey (November 1992 to November 1993). The survey was carried out in this way in order to take account of seasonal fluctuations in the work patterns of GPs. The Department of Health and the British Medical Association expected a return rate of 60-65% but overall just over 50% of the sample participated. The outcome of the survey was reported to the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB) in two stages; interim results based on the first 7-8 months of the survey were submitted to the DDRB in late 1993 and were incorporated into their recommendations on GP's pay for 1994/95. The full results were made available for the following year's pay round.
Each respondent of the GMP workload survey was asked to complete a three part survey form. The first part of the survey was a diary sheet in which the survey respondents were required to record how their time was spent during the survey week under five broad headings: surgery, home visits, clinics, other professional activities and other. The data received corresponding to this part of the survey comprises the two tables 'General Medical Practitioners' Diary - Final Results' and 'General Medical Practitioners' Diary - Early Estimates'. The second and third parts of the survey which correspond to the tables"General Medical Practitioners' Details - Final Results" and"General Medical Practitioners' Details - Early Estimates" recorded general information about the GP's practice, its activities and staff.
The datasets in this series are available to download. Links to individual datasets can be found at piece level.