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NHS Outcome Framework Indicators - February 2016 Release

Publication date: 09:30 February 25, 2016


The NHS Outcomes Framework provides national level accountability for the outcomes the NHS delivers; it drives transparency, quality improvement and outcome measurement throughout the NHS. It also sets out the national outcome goals that the Secretary of State uses to monitor the progress of NHS England. It does not set out how these outcomes should be delivered, it is for NHS England to determine how best to deliver improvements by working with Clinical Commissioning Groups to make use of the tools at their disposal.

Key Facts

The February 2016 release includes both new and revised data points, the release of a new indicator and the release of new health inequality summary measures.


The following indicator is being published for the first time. This indicator looks at tooth extractions in young patients:
3.7.ii - Tooth extractions due to decay for children admitted as inpatients to hospital, aged 10 years and under


New health inequality summary measures have been added to the below indicator; these are the Slope Index of Inequality (SII) and the Relative Index of Inequality (RII). SII measures how much average health scores vary between national deprivation deciles and RII measures how the level of health inequality (the SII) compares to the level of the indicator:
2 - Health-related quality of life for people with long-term conditions


The source data for the following indicator has been revised and as a result, the number of full-term live births for 2012 has been updated from 640,787 to 640,763 in the indicator data file:
5.5 - Admission of full-term babies to neonatal care


Other indicators with new data points in this release are listed below. Please note that where possible, historic deprivation data has been revised using the new Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) published in 2015:
1a.i - Potential years of life lost (PYLL) from causes considered amenable to healthcare - Adults
1b - Life expectancy at 75 - i. Male and ii. Female
1.1 - Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular disease
1.2 - Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory disease
1.3 - Under 75 mortality rate from liver disease
1.4 - Under 75 mortality rate from cancer
1.6.ii - Five-year survival from all cancers in children
2.2 - Employment of people with long-term conditions
2.3.i - Unplanned hospitalisation for chronic ambulatory care sensitive conditions
2.3.ii - Unplanned hospitalisation for asthma, diabetes and epilepsy in under 19s
2.5.i - Employment of people with mental illness
2.6.i - Estimated diagnosis rate for people with dementia
3a - Emergency admissions for acute conditions that should not usually need hospital admission
3.2 - Emergency admissions for children with lower respiratory tract infections
4.5 - Women's experience of maternity services
5.1 - Deaths from venous thromboembolism (VTE) related events


The latest Excel and CSV data files, indicator specifications and data quality statements for the above indicators are available from the resources section below. Please note that these data files will not be updated when new data for these indicators are released. 


The latest Excel and CSV data files, indicator specifications and data quality statements for all indicators are available from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) Indicator Portal. A link to the portal is provided in the resources section.


The government's open data policy is about making data easy to find, easy to use and free to access. The website supports this policy by bringing datasets from government departments and public sector bodies together in one place. You can explore NHS Outcomes Framework indicator data on the website using the link in the resources section below.



Date Range: 01 January 1999 to 30 September 2015
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Country, Local Authorities, Regions

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