QOF achievement rose 2.4% in England in 2011/12

QOF achievement for GP practices in England rose 2.4% in 2011/12 to an average of 969.1 points, official figures show.

Practices achieved on average 22.5 more points in 2011/12 than in the previous year
Practices achieved on average 22.5 more points in 2011/12 than in the previous year

Data released by the NHS Information Centre show that practices achieved on average 22.5 more points in 2011/12 than in the previous year.

In the patient experience domain, there was an 86 percentage-point increase in the number of practices achieving maximum points, from 13% in 2010/11 to 99% in 2011/12.

Many clinical areas saw only small changes in achievement from 2010/11 to 2011/12, but other areas saw more substantial differences. For learning disabilities achievement fell by 15.7% and for dementia achievement fell by 4.3%, while achievement for depression rose 3% and achievement for diabetes rose 1.6%.

Exception reporting increased by 0.2% overall from 2010/11 to 2011/12, but for dementia it rose by 6% and for epilepsy it rose by 5.4% from 2010/11 to 2011/12.

The raw prevalence data reveal some large increases in the number of patients on QOF registers for some conditions. There was a 44% increase in the number of people on cardiovascular disease registers, from 663,000 in 2010/11 to 953,000 in 2011/12. And there was a 22% increase in the number of people on palliative care registers, from 93,000 to 113,000.

There was also a 5% increase in the number of people included on depression registers, from 4,878,000 in 2010/11 to 5,124,000 in 2011/12.

Full details of the practices’ achievement are available on the NHS Information Centre website.

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