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Plan ahead and suggest targets, advises Dr Jeremy Phipps.
The QOF year starts in April and with it comes the annual meeting with your primary care organisation (PCO) prescribing adviser to set targets for the next 12 months.
This meeting is to agree goals for the year (Medicines Indicator 6) and to provide evidence that progress has been made towards last year's goals (Medicines Indicator 10). It has been part of the QOF since its introduction in 2003. There are a total of eight points at stake.
Unfortunately, many practices feel these targets are imposed upon them rather than mutually agreed, although this need not be the case.
In addition, any dispensing practices feel they are particularly targeted due to the mistaken belief that they are profligate users of NHS resources.
It is therefore vital that dispensing GPs ensure any changes in prescribing behaviour are transparent and for the good of patients, even if, coincidentally, they generate increased profit for the practice. …