QOF scores continue to rise across the UK

Quality data show better detection of disease, but England still lags behind Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Quality framework scores rose fastest in England in 2007/8 but remain behind scores in Scotland and Northern Ireland, latest figures reveal.

Practices in England averaged 968 out of 1,000 available points. This is an improvement of 13.5 points on the 2006/7 score of 954.5. The average number of points achieved across practices in each of the 152 PCTs ranged from 891.1 points to 991.7 points.

A total of 7.5 per cent of practices achieved the maximum 1,000 points, up from 5.1 per cent in 2006/7.

GPs in Scotland averaged 982.2 points for 2007/8, an improvement of 11 points on the previous year.

Last month, GP revealed the first quality framework scores for 2007/8, which showed that the average practice score in Northern Ireland was 987, up on last year's average score of 978 (GP, 19 September). Data for Wales are not yet available.

Clinical care improved fastest for depression across the UK. Average scores in England rose from 80.8 per cent in 2006/7 to 90.6 per cent in 2007/8.

Scottish practices achieved 94.9 per cent of the 33 points awarded for depression compared with 84.8 per cent in 2006/7, while in Northern Ireland scores were up from 88 per cent to 95.4 per cent.

North Shields GP Dr Dave Tomson, who has an interest in mental health, said: 'It is good news that so many practices are using tools to assess the severity of depression.'

The biggest increase in disease prevalence was seen in the CKD domain, which increased by 50 per cent to 2.7 per cent in Scotland, and by 21 per cent in England to 2.9 per cent.

This is reflected by high quality scores for CKD in both countries - 97.5 per cent in England and 98.5 per cent in Scotland.

East London GP Dr Penny Ackland, who has an interest in CKD, said that it was very encouraging that GPs were now picking up more cases of CKD.

'Introducing it into the quality framework has alerted GPs to be on the lookout for the disease.'


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968 - QOF points achieved on average by practices in England in 2007/8

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