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Another successful year for primary care teams

Colin Kenny

The data presented below represents another year of hard work by primary care teams nationally; successfully managing people with diabetes and their associated cardiovascular risk. This is now the third year of the publication of QOF data, and it continues to show how successful the primary care community can be when they pursue evidence-based targets, thus, justifying the Governments’ investment in incentives to reward high performance.

There is a steady and consistent increase in the documentation of both hypertension and diabetes, whereas both coronary heart disease and stroke seem to have stabilised, perhaps representing better management of these conditions. The database associated with the QOF data continues to supply interesting prevalence rates for diabetes within the four nations making up the NHS, which have also stayed consistent, with Wales maintaining the highest incidence of diabetes.

The QOF percentage achievement points in diabetes care and the other associated cardiovascular risk illnesses do not reflect a great deal of difference from the 05/06 year. Those working with patients with diabetes will accept that these figures have probably plateaued, while representing very significant and consistent achievements by teams. Another round of QOF and contract negotiations scheduled for 2008 may present new challenges for teams, but until then they can be pleased with another high achieving year!

The data presented below represents another year of hard work by primary care teams nationally; successfully managing people with diabetes and their associated cardiovascular risk. This is now the third year of the publication of QOF data, and it continues to show how successful the primary care community can be when they pursue evidence-based targets, thus, justifying the Governments’ investment in incentives to reward high performance.

There is a steady and consistent increase in the documentation of both hypertension and diabetes, whereas both coronary heart disease and stroke seem to have stabilised, perhaps representing better management of these conditions. The database associated with the QOF data continues to supply interesting prevalence rates for diabetes within the four nations making up the NHS, which have also stayed consistent, with Wales maintaining the highest incidence of diabetes.

The QOF percentage achievement points in diabetes care and the other associated cardiovascular risk illnesses do not reflect a great deal of difference from the 05/06 year. Those working with patients with diabetes will accept that these figures have probably plateaued, while representing very significant and consistent achievements by teams. Another round of QOF and contract negotiations scheduled for 2008 may present new challenges for teams, but until then they can be pleased with another high achieving year!

REFERENCES:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (2006a) Description of Health & Social Services Boards (HSSB)Available at:http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/hss/gp_contracts/gp_contract_qof/qof_data/health_and_social_services_board_level.htm (accessed 21.11.06)
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (2006b) Quality and Outcomes Framework. Available at:www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/hss/gp_contracts/gp_contract_qof/qof_buletin.htm (accessed 23.11.06)
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (2007) Quality and outcomes framework statistics for Northern Ireland 2006/07. Available at: http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/gp_contract_qof
Information Centre, The (2006a) GPs delivering better services for patients, statistics show
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Information Centre, The (2007) Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) for April 2006 to March 2007, England. NHS, London
Kenny C (2005) The Quality and Outcomes Framework: Where are we now? Where are we going? Diabetes and Primary Care 7: 114–7
NHS National Services Scotland (2006) Quality & Outcomes Framework
NHS National Services Scotland (2007) Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF) for April 2006 – March 2007, Scotland. Available at: http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/3305.html
NHS Wales (2006a) QOF Prevalence 2005 and 2006. Available at: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/docmetadata.cfm?orgid=480&id=58067 (accessed 23.11.06)
NHS Wales (2006b) All Wales QOF data summary. Available at: www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/docmetadata.cfm?orgid=480&id=62501&pid=17050 (accessed 23.11.06)
Welsh Assembly Government (2007a) General Medical Services Contract: Quality and Outcomes Framework Statistics for Wales, 2006-07 – Revised. Available at: http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/health-2007/hdw200709201/?lang=en
Welsh Assembly Government (2007b) Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) for 1st April 2006 – 31st March 2007, Wales. Available at: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=480&pid=28246

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