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Interface Clinical Services, who since 2013 have identified areas for improved primary care for millions of patients around the UK, are offering free QOF health checks at Management in Practice (MIP) at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 24th May. MIP is a free event to help GPs, Practice Managers, Administrators, and Commissioners to improve the management of primary care practices. The Interface QOF health check identifies potential gaps in patient care, areas where a practice’s prevalence could be improved, and ways to boost QOF point earnings. To date Interface has found £17,236,326 worth of additional income for GP practices.

The NHS’s Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), an incentive scheme for GP practices, rewards practices for the provision of quality care and helps to standardise improvement in the delivery of primary medical services. By helping primary care practices to maximise their QOF points Interface are helping to increase the quality of care enjoyed by patients all over the UK. The company has carried out 1,104 QOF health checks in UK practices since 2013.

The QOF health check uses a series of algorithms to analyse a practice’s patient list to identify patients who are appropriate for inclusion within one or more of the current QOF clinical registers. They then provide the practice with a full report of their findings, indicating where patient care can be improved, where the practice can maximise their QOF points, and benchmarking their performance against the national average. Following this report the practice can decide whether or not to undertake a full review.

GP practices who have used the QOF health check report that the changes suggested by Interface have meant that patients are receiving markedly improved quality of care, and that the practice has improved overall productivity and increased funding. Mike Wain, a Practice Manager from Adelaide Street Family Practice in Blackpool, commented, “We were delighted with the initial report that Interface produced. We couldn’t believe how many patients we had that were potentially not being included on disease registers - this will undoubtedly have a big impact on our patient care as well as on our QOF income going forward.”

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