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England QOF scores released – and show a rise in earnings
The QOF scores for 2010/11 in England have been released.
The figures, published by the NHS Information Centre, show that QOF earnings in England rose by 1% in 2010/11, with GP practices achieving 94.7% of available QOF points on average. This compares to an average of 93.7% in 2009/10.
The scores mean that general practice earnings rose by approximately £10 million in 2010/11.
Scores given across the clinical indicators, which account for 697 out of the total 1000 available points, rose from 95.9% to 96.8%, and achievement among organisational indicators also reached 97.4%; an increase of 1.1 percentage points from the previous year.
The number of practices achieving maximum points also climbed from 80 to 105.
There were no changes made to the QOF in 2010/11, following an agreement between negotiators that the usual annual update to the framework until the following year due to the swine flu pandemic. In September this year, the agreed changes to QOF for 2011/12 were made, and include the introduction of eleven new indicators for improving Quality and Productivity.