Potential new QOF indicators unveiled
New indicators for asthma, cardiovascular disease, obesity and smoking could be added to the 2012/13 Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), as NICE opens its consultation on potential indicators.
Introduced in 2004 as part of the General Medical Services Contract, the QOF is an incentive scheme for GP practices in the UK, rewarding them for how well they care for patients.
Anyone with an interest in health is invited to submit their comments on the 29 potential new indicators, and encouraged to consider any implementation challenges, impact on health inequalities or possible unintended consequences for this new set of proposed indicators.
Other potential indicators for the NICE 2012/13 menu include those relating to peripheral artery disease, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, osteoporosis and physical activity.
The new indicators were put forward following recommendations made during the December 2009 and June 2010 QOF Advisory Committee meetings.
Feedback from the consultation, together with results from the piloting process, will be presented to the QOF Committee to consider.
It will then recommend which indicators should be considered for inclusion in the QOF. A “menu” of these approved indicators will be published in summer 2011.
The final decision on which indicators will be added to the QOF will be made by the BMA's General Practitioners Committee (GPC) and NHS Employers.
Dr Fergus Macbeth, Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE, said: “Our consultation on potential new indicators is an important part of NICE's transparent and open QOF process.
“It gives interested individuals and stakeholders a clear opportunity to contribute to the development of 2012/13 QOF indicators before the committee meets to make its final decision, and we encourage everyone to take part.”
The consultation is open for four weeks from Monday 28 February until Monday 28 March 2011.
28 February 2011