English GPs score 954 despite QOF changes

Quality framework achievement by practices in England in 2006/7 has dipped by six points - the same as in Wales and Scotland. The average practice achieved 954.5 of the 1,000 points.

Practices averaged 1,010 points out of 1,050 in 2005/6. However, when the 50 access points removed in 2006/7 are taken out of the equation, 2006/7 achievement is just six points down.

As with the rest of the UK, the lowest-scoring clinical indicators in England were for depression (80.8 per cent) and mental health (91.6 per cent). However, despite concerns, practices achieved an average of 97.5 per cent of points in chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The impact of new and more stringent targets has been far less dramatic than was widely expected.

However, the number of practices in England managing to score the maximum was halved, from a total of 813 in 2005/06 to just 427 in 2006/7.

Almost 74 per cent of England's 8,372 practices collected more than 950 points.

Last week GP revealed that practices in Northern Ireland had scored an average of 978 points, the same as in 2005/6 allowing for the removal of access points. Practices in both Scotland and Wales were both six points down, averaging 970 and 947 points respectively.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said GPs had again risen to the challenge and fared remarkably well.

'There have been significant revisions to the quality framework this year, which introduced new work for GPs that made it significantly harder for practices to achieve maximum points,' he said. 'But GPs and their staff have this year improved care for patients with depression, dementia and CKD.'

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Houses of Parliament

GP partnerships 'like collapsing Jenga stack' after Javid threat to nationalise practices

Sajid Javid's decision to back a report calling for the end of the GMS contract within...

£20 notes spread out

VAT trap for PCNs could strip millions of pounds from general practice

Tens of millions of pounds could be stripped from general practice because work carried...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Is the BMA representing GPs effectively, why GPs face a pension tax hit, and views on the workload crisis

In our regular news review the team discusses representation of GPs, a new survey...

Man sleeping

NICE guidance on insomnia backs app to replace sleeping pills

Hundreds of thousands of people with insomnia could be offered treatment via a mobile...

Health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI backs autumn COVID-19 booster campaign for high-risk adults and NHS staff

Frontline health and social care staff and adults at increased risk of severe illness...

GP consultation

Government accused of 'misleading' claims on general practice workforce

GP leaders have accused the government of making misleading claims about the general...