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Quality and Outcomes Framework report now more user-friendly

October 28, 2014

The latest annual Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) report is published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) 28 October 2014 and now covers a range of topics in more detail and in a more user-friendly manner.

The QOF data are primarily used for allocating reimbursements to GP practices for appropriate treatment of patients with specified conditions such as coronary heart disease or asthma.

Today's report provides information on recorded prevalence2, achievement3 and exceptions4 for 7,921 GP practices in England and data are shown to GP practice, CCG, Area Team and regional and national levels.

A consultation was held on the QOF publication between 5 June and 8 August 2014 and user feedback from this has helped to develop the 2013-14 report.5

You can view the full report at http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/qofachprevexcoct14

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Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. Recorded prevalence rates are based on GP registers of conditions as a proportion of the GP list sizes.

3. Achievement is the number of points achieved by a GP practice for 121 indicators. There are a maximum of 900 points available and indicators have different reimbursements attached which are based on the treatment given (the cost of treating that patient) and local demographics (local population needs).

4. Exceptions are when patients are not included in one or more of the 121 indicators. Examples include if a patient or carer refuses treatment, if a patient cancels or does not show up to a consultation appointment, or if a GP advises that two types of medication or treatment types should not be administered at the same time.

5. More information on the consultation is available at http://www.hscic.gov.uk/article/4767/Quality--Outcomes-Framework-QOF-Publication-Consultation

6. For media enquiries please contact media@hscic.gov.uk or 0300 30 33 888.

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