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Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a voluntary reward and incentive programme. It rewards GP practices, in England, for the quality of care they provide to their patients and helps standardise improvements in the delivery of primary care. The results are published every year.

The QOF awards GP practices with achievement points for:

  • Managing some of the most common chronic diseases, for example asthma or diabetes.
  • Managing public health concerns, for example smoking or obesity.
  • Implementing preventative measures for example regular blood pressure checks.

The data are reported in two formats, the publication and through an online search function.

QOF indicators can change every year, and new measures and indicators are either introduced or retired. The QOF is not about performance management but resourcing and then rewarding good practice.

The QOF is part of the General Medical Services (GMS) contract for general practices and was introduced on 1 April 2004.

Quality and Outcome Framework (QOF), Indicators No Longer In QOF (INLIQ), Enhanced Services (ES), Vaccinations and Immunisations (V&I), and GMS Core Contract (CC) extraction specifications (business rules)

NHS Digital are responsible for producing and maintaining the extraction specifications (Business Rules) for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), the Enhanced Services (ES), Vaccinations and Immunisations (V & I), certain elements of Core Contract and other services commissioned by the Department of Health.

Enhanced Services (ES), Vaccination and Immunisation (V and I) and core contract components 2017-2018

NHS Digital has released the business rules for the enhanced services (ES), vaccinations and immunisation (V and I) and core contract components for 2017-18. This page will be updated as further ES (V and I)core contract business rules become available.

Enhanced Services (ES), Vaccination and Immunisation (V and I) and core contract components 2016-2017

NHS Digital has released the business rules for the enhanced services (ES), vaccinations and immunisation (V and I) and core contract components for 2017-18. This page will be updated as further ES/V and I/core contract business rules become available.

Quality and Outcomes Framework QOF business rules v37.0

NHS Digital is responsible for producing and maintaining the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) business rules (extract specifications). As well as the QOF business rules NHS Digital also produce and maintain business rules for Enhanced Services (ES), vaccination and immunisation programmes and certain parts of the GMS core contract.

Quality and Outcomes Framework QOF business rules v36.0

NHS Digital is responsible for producing and maintaining the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) business rules (extract specifications). As well as the QOF business rules NHS Digital also produce and maintain business rules for Enhanced Services (ES), vaccination and immunisation programmes and certain parts of the GMS core contract.

INLIQ (Indicators No Longer in QOF) business rules v37.0

NHS Digital has released v37.0 of the Indicators No Longer in QOF (INLIQ) business rules. This page includes the INLIQ business rules, read code change log and the expanded cluster list.

INLIQ (Indicators No Longer in QOF) business rules v35.0

NHS Digital has released v35.0 of the Indicators No Longer in QOF (INLIQ) business rules. This page includes the INLIQ business rules, read code change log and the expanded cluster list.

QOF, Enhanced Services and Core Contract extraction specifications (Business Rules)

NHS Digital are responsible for producing and maintaining the extraction specifications (Business Rules) for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), the Enhanced Services (ES) and certain elements of Core Contract.

Individual GP level data

NHS Digital has released the business rules for individual GP level data.

Recorded dementia diagnoses

We collect and publish data about people with dementia at each GP practice. so that the NHS (GPs and commissioners) can make informed choices about how to plan their services around their patients' needs.

Quality Outcomes and Framework QOF publications

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a voluntary reward and incentive programme. It rewards GP practices, in England, for the quality of care they provide to their patients and helps standardise improvements in the delivery of primary care. The results are published every year.

Quality and Outcome Framework (QOF), Indicators No Longer In QOF (INLIQ), Enhanced Services (ES), Vaccinations and Immunisations (V&I), and GMS Core Contract (CC) extraction specifications (business rules) page

NHS Digital are responsible for producing and maintaining the extraction specification (business rules) for Quality and Outcome Framework (QOF), Enhanced Services (ES), Vaccinations and Immunisations V&I, certain elements of Core Contact CC and other services commissioned by the Department of Health.

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