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 Health and Social Care Board 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.

Current Publication

Date published:  7th July 2022

Date of next release: July 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 gov.uk site.

        Family Practitioner Services Statistics for Northern Ireland - Key Facts 2021/22

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 as well as Personal Protective Equipment Statistics from BSO's Procurement and Logistics Service (PaLS).

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

  Dental Services Statistics  General Medical Services Statistics
Ophthalmic Services Statistics Pharmacy Statistics and Data
PPE Statistics (COVID-19)  


In the meantime the FPS annual compendium reports are available via the link below.

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

FPS Information Unit launched an online user survey in December 2021. This closed on the 17th January 2022.

A report summarising the main findings of this survey, and outlining the Information Unit response to identified user needs, will be published in the near future.


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:



Contact Details:

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

E-Mail: info.bso@hscni.net


For more information on demographics or statistical information for Northern Ireland visit the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency website at http://www.nisra.gov.uk