NICE at heart of new NHS Commissioning Outcomes Framework
NICE will have a significant role in the development of indicators for the new Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF) under proposals announced by the NHS Commissioning Board today.
The NHS Commissioning Board is a new body that will be responsible for developing the COF.
The COF will aim to drive local improvements in quality and outcomes for patients. It will also hold clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to account for their progress in delivering these outcomes, and provide clear, publicly available information on the quality of healthcare services commissioned by CCGs.
NICE has been asked to develop new COF indicators based on existing quality standards, which set markers of high-quality, cost-effective care, and to quality assure COF indicators from other sources.
It will provide the NHS Commissioning Board with a set of recommended indicators for the COF. The final selection of indicators for use in the NHS will then be decided by the NHS commissioning Board.
NICE has set up an independent advisory committee to consider potential indicators for the COF based on its quality standards, and earlier this month, it published a list of draft indicators that the advisory committee has recommended.
These indicators will be tested and opened for public consultation, with the results considered in May 2012 when the committee recommends indicators for consideration by the NHS Commissioning Board.
A final set of indicators effective in 2013-14 will then be published in October 2012.
29 November 2011