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Five steps to planning the risk profiling DES

Module summary

Dr Eithne Cummins gives a simple guide to attempting the risk profiling DES

Learning objectives

This module advises you on five steps to plan for the risk profiling DES, covering:

  • contacting your CCG
  • running a risk profiling tool to identify high-risk patients
  • identifying team leads
  • scheduling meetings
  • creating a template for Read codes

After reading the article, you will be asked to record your learning points and plan some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some areas you might want to reflect on as you work through the module.

  1. Has your practice costed undertaking the DES? If not, try reading Dr Cummins’ article, DESs 2013/4: Which are worth doing and which aren't to get an impression of whether the available income outweighs the work involved.
  2. Has your CCG told you which risk profiling tool you are required to use for this DES? Do you know what the priority long-term condition is for your CCG? (If not, have you looked at admission rates for likely conditions such as COPD, falls, heart failure etc). How does your CCG plan to collate information from practices? What kind of return mechanism do they intend to use? If they haven’t told you, have you asked your medical director, CCG representative and Chief Operating Officer?
  3. How could you tweak Dr Cummins’ plan to suit your practice and local community teams?

Dr Eithne Cummins is a GP partner in Sheffield.

Date module published
Module due for review
Suggested number of CPD credits
Completing this module will earn you a certificate for a suggested
1 CPD hour
By showing evidence of impact you could double that to
2 CPD hours
What other GPs said after completing this module
food for thought
Christina Russell
basic . short on details about how it exactly prevents admission as most data from secondary care is late/ delayed.
Ravi Sastry
John Mccarthy
helpful to some extent
Mohan Kumar
John Dawe