NICE's QOF committee has given the green light to new indicator that will see GPs incentivised for recording the BMI of all adult patients.
The indicator, discussed at the NICE indicator advisory committee meeting yesterday, will see QOF points awarded to practices that record BMIs in patients that are aged over 18, every five years.
The indicator will be put forward for negotiation within the profession before it is officially implemented as a QOF target - but the GPC told Pulse it would oppose this.
The panel of the committee – made up of GP members and NICE specialists – decided that the indicator was a pragmatic approach to measuring BMI, potentially giving patients the wake-up call needed to change their weight, without impacting significantly on consultation time.
But another proposed indicator for GPs to give weight management advice to patients with a BMI of 25 or over was rejected after members of the panel voiced concerns that the move would become a tick-box exercise.
It was initially proposed that GPs should give advice to overweight patients within 90 days of recording their BMI, but this was met with objection after the evidence base for the move came under scrutiny from the panel, with it being decided that such an approach is not practical in primary care.