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

Some patients with post-COVID problems may need months of support from GPs

Some patients with post-COVID problems may need months of support from GPs

GPs must be ready to support patients with physical, psychological and social problems...

BMA demands 'rule of six' overhaul to prevent further lockdowns

BMA demands 'rule of six' overhaul to prevent further lockdowns

The government must scrap its high-risk ‘rule of six’ and introduce more stringent...

Average GP practice list tops 9,000 after 30% rise in seven years

Average GP practice list tops 9,000 after 30% rise in seven years

The average GP practice list has risen beyond 9,000 patients for the first time after...

GP dilemma: What should I do if a parent sends their child with COVID-19 symptoms to school?

GP dilemma: What should I do if a parent sends their child with COVID-19 symptoms to school?

Medical Protection's Dr Clare Devlin offers advice on how GPs should respond to parents...

GPs risk missing out on vital COVID-19 risk assessments, BMA warns

GPs risk missing out on vital COVID-19 risk assessments, BMA warns

GPs risk missing out on COVID-19 risk assessments unless practices are guaranteed...

GPs call for partial suspension of network DES amid heavy workload

GPs call for partial suspension of network DES amid heavy workload

GPs leading primary care networks (PCNs) have called for the partial suspension of...