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Practices score well for care


The health group that runs Bingham Health Centre has scored top marks in a Government scheme assessing the quality of care given to patients over the past year.

Belvoir Health Group, which runs Bingham, Cropwell Bishop and Cotgrave health centres, gained 100% in the Quality and Outcomes Framework.

This is an incentive programme introduced four years ago to assess GP practices in several areas.

The Belvoir Health Group is one of only 71/2% of practices across the country to score the maximum 1,000 points.

Practices receive an average of £125 for every point they score out of 1,000.

Those that get close to 100% get about £125,000 in Government payouts the following year.

The complicated scheme measures achievement against 135 indicators. The national average this year was 96.8%.

It was introduced to reward practices for the quality of their services.

Practices may take part voluntarily and points are awarded for aspects of clinical care.

The assessment areas are: management of patients with chronic diseases, such as asthma and diabetes; organisation of records, communicating with patients, education and training, medicines management and practice management; additional services such as cervical screening, child health surveillance, and maternity and contraceptive services; patient experience; and holistic care.

Dr Simon Holmes, a senior partner in the practice, said Belvoir Health Group had achieved 100% each year since the scheme began.

He said: “Quite a lot of practices in the last two or three years have been able to achieve 100%. Not many have done it every year since it started.”

He said it required a lot of effort and planning for both the doctors and the rest of the practice staff in order to do well in the scheme.

“I consider it to be a very big team effort by the whole practice,” he said.

Dr Holmes said what he liked about the scheme was that it rewarded practices for performing well.

In the past practices were given money based only on the number of patients it had.

He thought the framework scheme had been a success story and said it was being improved over time.

Radcliffe Health Centre gained a score of 981/2% in the same scheme.

Scores across the county are: East Bridgford Medical Centre 99.9%; Lombard Street Surgeries, Newark, 99.6%; Collingham Medical Centre 99.6%; The Surgery, Bilsthorpe, 99.6%; Fountain Medical Centre, Newark, 99.1%; Dr ME Finch and Partners, Tuxford, 99%; Long Bennington 98.9%; Lowdham Medical Centre 98.8%; The Surgery, Sutton-on-Trent, 98.7%; Southwell Medical Centre 97.9%; Middleton Lodge Surgery, Ollerton, 96.5%; The Bassingham Surgery, Bassingham, 94.8%; The Surgery, Farnsfield, 94.8%; Balderton Primary Care Centre 94%; Barnbygate Surgery, Newark, 92.8%.

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