General practice incentives for chlamydia screening

Practices can earn up to £1,000 for screening patients for chlamydia under an incentive scheme in south London.

General practices are being offered incentives for chlamydia screening
General practices are being offered incentives for chlamydia screening

GPs in the borough of Lambeth are being offered the incentive to boost screening of a target group of young people.

The scheme has been funded by the Modernising Initiative charity, which is working with the NHS in south London to improve services.

GPs receive an incentive payment when they screen 10 per cent of patients aged 16 to 24 on their lists.

Fourteen large practices in the area with at least 2,100 patients in the 16 to 24 age range can earn the maximum £1,000. Practices with fewer patients in the target age range earn proportionately less.

Dr Sebastian Kalwij, GP lead for the chlamydia screening project in the area, said the detection rate for both males and females is now above 10 per cent.

In a letter to the British Medical Journal, he said that adding chlamydia screening to the GMS quality framework would be an easy way to make screening proactive rather than opportunistic.

Additionally, integrating chlamydia screening into generic pathology forms would reduce paperwork for GPs, thereby boosting compliance, said Dr Kalwij.

Currently, the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) recommends that women aged 16 to 24 are opportunistically tested.

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

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