NI practices achieve 99% of quality framework points

Depression scores rise as 40% earn maximum clinical points.

The first quality framework scores released for 2007/8 show that practices in Northern Ireland are achieving 99 per cent of available points on average.

The average practice score was 987 out of a possible 1,000 points, which is up on last year's average score of 978.

The greatest improvement was in depression: practices achieved on average 95.4 per cent, against just 88.1 per cent last year. This comes despite a slight increase in depression prevalence over the past year.

GPC Northern Ireland chairman Dr Brian Dunn said the continued improvements in scores showed how hard GPs in Northern Ireland had been working.

'I am particularly glad to see an improvement in depression scores, showing that Northern Ireland's GPs have made a significant effort to tackle depression and prevent suicide,' he said. 'I hope to see similar improvements throughout the UK.'

Twelve per cent of practices in Northern Ireland scored the maximum 1,000 points available. Just one practice scored fewer than 900 points overall.

Achievement in the clinical domain remains steady: the average practice scored 648 (643 in 2006/7), and 40 per cent achieved maximum clinical points.

All practices in the area scored the maximum 108 points available in the quality framework's 'patient experience' domain.

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Points achieved

987 - is the average QOF score out of 1,000 available points in Northern Ireland for 2007/8

Source: DHSSPS.

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