GPC reveals detail of 2011/12 QOF targets

GPs will have to match the prescribing performance of the 'top quartile' of practices in their area to earn full QOF points under indicators introduced in the 2011/12 contract.

Dr Vautrey: GPs would get full points for reaching the top quartile (Photograph: Jason Heath Lancy)
Dr Vautrey: GPs would get full points for reaching the top quartile (Photograph: Jason Heath Lancy)

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey admitted the new productivity indicators were 'an experiment' that may be abandoned next year if savings do not materialise.

Indicators for reviewing prescribing will be worth 28 points and will reward GPs for moving into the previous year's top quartile of local prescribing performance. Dr Vautrey said GPs would get full points for reaching the top quartile, with a 'sliding scale' of points for those below.

In total, changes to the 2011/12 QOF diverted 96.5 points to indicators relating to prescribing, referrals and emergency admissions.

Indicators for reducing emergency admissions will be worth 47.5 QOF points, while indicators on reviewing referrals will be worth 21. Full details of how these indicators work were due to be published by the start of April as GP went to press.

GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey said the high number of points for the indicators reflected 'how much these areas cost the NHS, not how much GPs can influence them'.

Struggle to earn QOF points
At the Welsh conference of LMCs on Saturday, Dr Bailey said practices would be paid for conducting an internal practice review of referrals and emergency admissions in three months' time.

They will receive further payment for meeting other practices to review use of resources across their local area.

GPs will also be able to earn QOF points for showing they have used agreed care pathways, he said.

GPC negotiator Dr Brian Dunn said GPs from the Celtic countries may struggle to earn the points because unlike GPs in England they were not involved in commissioning.

Dr Bailey said practices in Wales would probably be provided with a 'menu' of pathways by their health boards.

Under the 2011/12 contract deal, the value of QOF points will rise from £127.29 to £130.51 to deliver a 0.5 per cent funding lift to practices.

Dr Bailey said the deal would not cover costs, because expenses had risen by around 0.9 per cent this year.

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