About the Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCGOIS)
The Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCGOIS) (formerly known as the 'Commissioning Outcomes Framework' or 'COF') is an integral part of the NHS England's systematic approach to quality improvement. Its primary aim is to support and enable clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and health and wellbeing partners to plan for health improvement by providing information for measuring and benchmarking outcomes of services commissioned by CCGs. It is also intended to provide clear, comparative information for patients and the public about the quality of health services commissioned by CCGs and the associated health outcomes
The consultation document 'Liberating the NHS: Commissioning for Patients' proposed that NHS England, supported by NICE, would develop a 'Commissioning Outcomes Framework' to hold CCGs to account for, and provide information for the public on the quality of services they commission and the health outcomes achieved through commissioning. Following engagement with stakeholders, NHS England has changed the title to avoid confusion with the NHS Outcomes Framework and make it clear that the indicators relate to outcomes of commissioned services, not commissioning itself.
Some of the information on this website contains preparatory work undertaken by NICE since April 2011 and therefore the term 'Commissioning Outcomes Framework' may still appear.
The CCGOIS contains indicators from the NHS Outcomes Framework that can be broken down at CCG level and additional indicators that can help to deliver improvements in quality. NICE's role is to provide support NHS England by managing the process of developing these additional indicators for the CCGOIS, in particular from quality standards.
Where possible, direct measurement of health outcomes by indicators are explored. However, where necessary, proxies for outcomes are used that measure health care processes that are linked to health outcomes and that can be substantially influenced by clinical commissioning groups as part of their commissioning activities.
Where indicators are produced using existing quality standards, the process uses rigorous methods to ensure the development of valid and clearly worded indicators. In order to develop indicators from the existing quality standard statements and measures, further development and testing work with the Health and Social Care Information Centre is undertaken to produce the indicators and accompanying technical specifications.
For more information on NICE quality standards please see NICE quality standards.
Our process guide sets out in detail the processes involved in managing the development of indicators and ensuring that they are developed in an open, transparent and timely way, with input from individuals and stakeholder organisations.
Consultation on new CCGOIS indicators
The consultation on potential new indicators for consideration for the 2014/15 CCGOIS closed on 1 March 2013.
Details of the indicators included in the consultation can be found in the NICE CCG OIS indicator consultation document.
Comments received during the consultation were considered by the CCGOIS advisory committee in May 2013.
Consultation on indicators process guide: August - November 2013
We are currently consulting on the proposed indicators process guide.
Potential CCG Outcomes indicators have been considered by the NICE CCGOIS advisory committee. A set of criteria have been developed to assesses and prioritise all the potential indicators. These criteria can be found in the CCGOIS process guide. For details of committee members and recommendations please see the NICE CCGOIS advisory committee.
Indicators recommended in 2013
The following indicators were recommended to NHS England in August 2013:
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- View the indicators recommended by NICE to NHS England in August 2012
- View the indicators selected by NHS England in November 2012 for the 2013/14 CCG OIS
Further details of all Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) and Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCG OIS) indicators developed by NICE since April 2013 can be found below:
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This page was last updated: 27 August 2013