Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 14 December 2023.

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Photo of Karin Smyth Karin Smyth Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of community pharmacists have worked in England for each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has a duty to maintain a register of all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians registered to practice in Great Britain. The register does not contain data on what pharmacy sector registrants are employed in and numbers by country are according to their registered home address. This does not necessarily mean that registrants are working in those countries or that they are in employment.

NHS England and formerly Health Education England conduct a community pharmacy workforce survey. The following table shows the number of pharmacists working in community pharmacy in England and its proportion of the GPhC register as of 31 October in each year reported:

Number of pharmacists working in community pharmacy

Proportion of GPhC register as of 31 October











  1. Data only exists for 2017, 2021 and 2022 as these were the only years of survey data collection.
  2. The data provided is the headcount of pharmacists working in community pharmacy at the time of the survey and excludes trainees.
  3. Proportion data is indicative as the survey data and GPhC register data are not directly comparable.

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