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2013/14 COF consultation opens

NICE has today launched its first consultation on potential indicators for the proposed 2013/14 Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF). Anyone with an interest in health is invited to comment on the 120 indicators, which cover a broad range of topics, including mental health, cancer and asthma.

The Commissioning Outcomes Framework will drive quality improvement and hold clinical commissioning groups to account. NICE will play a central role in supporting the NHS Commissioning Board by developing recommendations for robust indicators. The new framework will measure the health outcomes and quality of care commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups, and so help improve patient health across England.

As part of the Government's plans to reform the NHS, Clinical Commissioning Groups will take over responsibility for commissioning the majority of NHS services in England subject to the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill. All GP practices in England will be required to join one of the Clinical Commissioning Groups, which will begin to assume their new statutory responsibilities from 2013/14.

The COF will allow the NHS Commissioning Board to measure the quality and outcomes of healthcare commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups and their contribution to achieving the outcomes set out in the NHS Outcomes Framework. It will also provide information on quality to patients and the public and enable the Clinical Commissioning Groups to benchmark their performance and identify priorities for improvement.

The potential indicators in this consultation have been developed from three different sources: indicators derived directly from the NHS Outcomes Framework; indicators developed by NICE based on NICE Quality Standards; indicators from other sources to support the outcomes in the NHS Outcomes Framework.

Alongside the public consultation, the indicators are subject to further refinement and testing in conjunction with the NHS Information Centre. The results of this process will then be presented to the NICE COF Advisory Committee in May 2012, and the Committee will recommend a set of indicators for consideration by the NHS Commissioning Board and publication on the NICE website. The NHS Commissioning Board will be responsible for deciding the final set of indicators in the autumn.

Dr Fergus Macbeth, Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE, said: "We are delighted to be responsible for developing indicators for the proposed Commissioning Outcomes Framework. Our experience and expertise will ensure that we provide the NHS Commissioning Board with a suite of indicators based on the best available evidence.

"This public consultation on potential new indicators is an integral part of NICE's process for COF and demonstrates our commitment to being open and transparent in all areas of the work we do. It provides the opportunity for anyone to contribute to the development of indicators for the 2013/14 Commissioning Outcomes Framework. We strongly encourage individuals and stakeholders to take part and help shape the future of this new programme."

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About COF

1. The NHS Commissioning Board, supported by NICE and working with professional and patient groups, will develop a Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF) that measures the health outcomes and quality of care (including patient reported outcome measures and patient experience) commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups.

2. COF will identify indicators of care that are commissioned by Clinical Commissioning groups. This will include the services in secondary care and community care and which form part of a service specification developed CCGs.

3. The Commissioning Outcomes Framework will apply in England only.

4. For media enquiries about how the proposed Commissioning Outcomes Framework will work in practice, or the NHS Commissioning Board, please contact the NHS Commissioning Board press office on 01138 25 1111. For media enquiries on the quality reward, please contact the Department of Health press office on 0207 210 5221.

NICE's role in COF

5. NICE has today (Wednesday 1 February) opened its first consultation on potential new indicators for the 2013/14 Commissioning Outcomes Framework. The consultation will take place between Wednesday 1 February and Wednesday 29 February. The full list of 120 potential new indicators is available on the NICE website.

6. NICE was commissioned by the Department of Health to begin the development of indicators for the Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF). The Institute has begun a process to deliver a set of indicators in August 2012 that can be considered by the NHS Commissioning Board for roll out in April 2013. The NHS Commissioning Board has commenced engagement with stakeholders on the development of the COF.

7. As part of this process, NICE has established a new COF advisory committee. For full details of committee members please visit the committee webpage.

8. The Commissioning Outcomes Framework indicators will focus on quality and reducing health inequalities. This will form part of a wider system of accountability for CCGs which will cover CCGs' financial performance, their contribution to joint health and wellbeing strategies, and fulfilment of other statutory duties such as patient and public involvement. The set of indicators which NICE will be developing will not, however, cover these wider areas: it will focus on the quality of the health services commissioned, not on how they are commissioned. NICE will not be responsible for setting the Quality Reward Payments.

About NICE

1. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.

2. NICE produces guidance in three areas of health:

  • public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sector
  • health technologies - guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments, medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics) and procedures within the NHS
  • clinical practice - guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS.

3. NICE produces standards for patient care:

  • quality standards -these reflect the very best in high quality patient care, to help healthcare practitioners and commissioners of care deliver excellent services
  • Quality and Outcomes Framework - NICE develops the clinical and health improvement indicators in the QOF, the Department of Health scheme which rewards GPs for how well they care for patients.

4. NICE provides advice and support on putting NICE guidance and standards into practice throughits implementation programme, and it collates and accredits high quality health guidance, research and information to help health professionals deliver the best patient care through NHS Evidence.

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