Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), enhanced services and core contract extraction specifications (business rules)

Summary

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

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.

Indicators no longer in QOF (INLIQ) business rules V37 2017-2018
Indicators no longer in QOF (INLIQ) business rules V35 2016-17 (april code release)

Other extracts

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.

More information on the GP2DRS system (business rules to be published when available)

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.

More information on individual GP level data (business rules to be published when available)

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.

More information on the LDO and access to the business rules

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.

More information on NHS Health Checks and access to the business rules

Related pages

Guidance for all Quality Services can be found on the NHS Employers website:

NHS Employers Vaccination and immunisation
NHS Employers General Medical Services
NHS Employers Vaccination and Immunisations 2017 -2018
NHS England GP contract

NHS Digital is also commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care to provide extracts for other services. Further Information regarding these services can be found at GP collections service information.

Earlier versions of the QOF business rules can be found on the Primary Care Commissioning website.