Extended access to general practice

The extended access to general practice collection was launched during October 2016 in response to the government’s mandate to NHS England which sets out:

“To ensure everyone has easier and more convenient access to GP services, including appointments at evenings and weekends”.

The collection has been set up to monitor the availability of pre-bookable appointments in general practice at evenings and weekends.

The completion of this survey is a contractual requirement on general practices. The first collection took place during October 2016. Collections will continue bi-annually until March 2021.

The bi-annual data collection will be live every March and September until 2021, results will be published on this page at the end of April and October each year.

This publication presents experimental official statistics about the availability of extended access to general practice in October 2016. The data are published as experimental statistics as they are new and undergoing evaluation.

The information collected is provided for each general practice that responded. Data are also presented by CCG, NHS England local area, region and nationally including practice counts and registered population.


Data and Commentary

GP Extended Access Commentary – 2016-12-01 (PDF, 325K)

GP Extended Access Data – 2016-12-01 (XLS, 1,536K)

Pre-release access list

Pre-release access list General Practice Extended Access (PDF, 198K)


A guide to completing the extended access to general practice survey

Contact Us

For further information about the published management information, please contact us at:

Analytical Services (National)
NHS England
Quarry House
Email: england.biannual@nhs.net