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FPS Information Unit

FPS Information Unit

The Information Unit within the Family Practitioner Services (FPS) Directorate of the Business Services Organisation provides statistical and research support to BSO and other HSCNI bodies as well as the Department of Health.

Our main customers are the Strategic Planning and Performance Group of the Department of Health (previously the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) with whom we have a Service Level Agreement.

The staff in the Information Unit are seconded from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

Information we can provide

We produce a range of statistics for each of the service areas within Family Practitioner Services. This work informs policy, planning and decision making in relation to Family Health Services in Northern Ireland.

If you want a one stop summary of key statistics relating to the work of Family Practitioner Services, please see our Key Facts Summary below.

Date published:  6th July 2023

Date of next release:  5th July 2024

PDF Icon Family Practitioner Services for Northern Ireland – Key Facts 2022/2023

The statistics will be released on this page at 9.30am.  If you have issues accessing the information, it can also be found on the site.

Since the 2019/20 financial year, we have been producing individual annual reports for each FPS service area, along with quarterly updates.  We also publish various other reports relating to each service area. In addition to this Information Unit published statistics in relation to Personal Protective Equipment Statistics from BSO’s Procurement and Logistics Service (PaLS) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please use the icons below or the navigation panel at the right of the page to find these.

The archived FPS annual compendium reports are available via the link below.

Family Practitioner Services Statistics for Northern Ireland Compendium Reports 2017-18 to 2018-19

BSO are a specified producer of official statistics. This means we publish reports and outputs in compliance with the UK Statistics Authority Code of Practice.

In line with this we have produced a Statistics Charter and a Compliance Statement which specifies how we met our obligations to the UK Statistics Authority under the Code of Practice.

Our publication timetable is available at the link below :

Publication Timetable

The FPS Privacy Notice explains how your personal data will be used.

User engagement survey

BSO Information Unit regularly publishes statistics relating to

General Medical Services Statistics

General Dental Services Statistics

General Ophthalmic Services Statistics

General Pharmaceutical Services and Prescribing Statistics

BSO Information Unit are happy to accept feedback from users about our statistics at any time.  Please email if you have any comments about our publications or suggestions for future publications.

Honest Broker Service

We also host the Honest Broker Service in conjunction with the BSO Regional Data Warehouse.

The aim of the Honest Broker Service is to enable non-identifiable data to be safely shared to maximise the uses and health service benefits which can be gained from it, including planning, commissioning of services and public health monitoring. The HBS enables access to anonymised, aggregated and in some cases pseudonymised health and social care data to the DoH, HSC organisations and for anonymised data for health and social care related research. 

To locate information on ‘Routes to Cancer Diagnosis’ which was published on 15th January 2020, please follow the link below:

Routes to Cancer Diagnosis in Northern Ireland




Contact Us:

Information and Registration Unit
Family Practitioner Services
Business Services Organisation
2 Franklin Street


Contact NISRA

For more information on demographics or statistical information for Northern Ireland visit the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency website at