Table 2. Characteristics of GPs and their practices, N = 401
Characteristic2014 survey, n (%)a2019 survey, n (%)a
Sexb
  Male243 (60.6)245 (61.1)
  Female158 (39.4)153 (38.2)
  Other3 (0.7)
Median year qualified (IQR)1995 (1986–2000)1998 (1991–2004)
Type of GP
  GP partner or principal267 (66.6)222 (55.4)
  Salaried GP95 (23.7)117 (29.2)
  Locum GP32 (8.0)54 (13.5)
  Sessional GP4 (1.0)8 (2.0)
  Retainer GP3 (0.7)0 (0.0)
Academic rolec
  Research only7 (1.7)
  Teaching only197 (49.1)
  Both research and teaching38 (9.5)
  Neither159 (39.7)
Median practice sized (IQR)6 GPs (4 to 7)6 GPs (4 to 8)
Practice type
  Urban area150 (37.4)161 (40.1)
  Suburban area119 (29.7)105 (26.2)
  Semi-rural area87 (21.7)89 (22.2)
  Rural area45 (11.2)46 (11.5)
Regione
  England323 (80.5)335 (83.5)
   East of England35 (8.7)34 (8.5)
   London48 (12.0)56 (14.0)
   East Midlands25 (6.2)26 (6.5)
   West Midlands33 (8.2)36 (9.0)
   North East17 (4.2)16 (4.0)
   Yorkshire & Humber33 (8.2)33 (8.2)
   North West43 (10.7)43 (10.7)
   South East51 (12.7)54 (13.5)
   South West38 (9.5)37 (9.2)
  Scotland48 (12.0)38 (9.5)
  Wales18 (4.5)17 (4.2)
  Northern Ireland12 (3.0)11 (2.7)
  • aUnless stated otherwise. b'Other' option was not available in the 2014 survey. cAcademic role of GP was not included in the 2014 survey. d16 of 401 GPs did not know practice size in the current survey. eEngland was further stratified by the strategic health authority regions of the NHS. IQR = interquartile range.