A review at a GP practice of patients potentially at high-risk of certain conditions saw more than 500 patients added to their QOF clinical register, Interface Clinical Services, which conducted the review, has revealed.
Marsh Medical Practice, a member of East Lincolnshire CCG, has added more than 500 patients to its QOF clinical register against a collection of 19 different disease registers of high-risk patient populations. The review at the Marsh Medical Practice added 35 new patients to the osteoporosis register, 40 patients to the heart failure register, 103 to the depression register, and 210 to the chronic kidney disease register. In addition, 26 patients were added to the learning disability register, which increased the practice’s prevalence in this domain by almost 200%.
By ensuring all relevant patients are included on the relevant disease registers, Interface pharmacists and the Marsh Medical Practice GPs are ensuring that patients receive the best possible care, and are properly monitored for any deterioration or relevant comorbidities. As a result of this partnership the Marsh Medical Practice was able to add some £11,000 to its annual QOF income, and their projected net gain from QOF income over the next two years is more than £20,000.
Dr Deaney from Marsh Medical Practice said: “We were delighted that Interface were able to help us identify so many patients being missed off our QOF clinical registers, particularly in such high-risk disease areas as chronic kidney disease and heart failure. We feel that this review has helped us to minimise the number of patients currently missed off clinical registers, increased awareness of the importance of clinical registers, and improved the overall level of patient care in our practice.”
GP practices are increasingly finding that effective monitoring not only helps to improve patient care, but also reduces the resource demand on the NHS at primary and secondary levels. Interface, which has more than 70 pharmacists, has worked with 3,470 primary care practices throughout the UK, and recently launched an annual QOF refresh service in response to increased demand from GP practices. Interface offer practices a free initial audit to identify potential gaps in patient care, areas where a practice’s prevalence could be improved, and ways to boost QOF point earnings. Following this initial assessment practices can decide whether or not they want to proceed with a full review.