Earlier versions of QOF business rules can be found on the Primary Care Commissioning website.
Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), enhanced services and core contract extraction specifications (business rules)
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.
Quality and Outcome Framework business rules
The 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 and can be found at:
Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) business rules v39 2018 -2019 baseline
Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) business rules v38 2017 -2018 October code release
Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) business rules v37 2017 -2018 April code release
Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) business rules v36 2017- 2018 annual code release
Enhanced Services (ES), Vaccinations and Immunisations (V&I) and Core Contract (CC) components
NHS Digital have released the business rules for the enhanced services (ES), Vaccinations and immunisations (V&I) and Core Contract components (CC). This page will be updated as further ES, V&I and CC business rules become available.
Enhanced Services (ES), Vaccination and Immunisation (V&I) and GMS Core Contract components (CC) business rules 2018 -2019
Enhanced Services (ES), Vaccination and Immunisation (V&I) and GMS Core Contract components (CC) business rules 2017 -2018
Enhanced Services (ES), Vaccination and Immunisation (V&I) and GMS Core Contract components (CC) business rules 2016- 2017
Indicators no longer in QOF business rules
As part of the contractual agreement it was agreed to continue collecting information relating to indicators no longer in QOF (INLIQ). Indicators retired since 2014-2015 will continue to be collected under this extraction. The reporting is essential, as the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and other healthcare groups have indicated that the information linked to these indicators is essential for their work and wider healthcare programmes.
General practice to diabetic retinopathy screening (GP2DRS) system - diabetic eye screening programme
Evidence shows that early identification and treatment of diabetic eye disease could reduce sight loss. The main treatment for diabetic retinopathy is laser surgery. This service looks to identify those at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.
Individual GP level data
The Government's mandate to NHS England includes a task of working with NHS Digital and The Department of Health (DH) to provide GPs and general practices with information on the care provision for their patients.
Learning disabilities observatory
The Learning disabilities observatory (LDO) is working on the Health and Care Project, which aims to get a more detailed understanding of the health of people with learning disabilities in each part of the country, the care they get and how this compares to the health and care of people who don't have learning disabilities.
NHS Health Checks
NHS Digital, acting on behalf of Public Health England (PHE), will be collecting information about the numbers of people who are invited to an NHS Health Check and either attend or do not attend.