NHS Outcomes Framework (NHS OF)

The NHS Outcomes Framework (NHS OF) indicators provide national level accountability for the outcomes the NHS delivers; they drive transparency, quality improvement and outcome measurement through the NHS.

The framework 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 (CCGs) to make use of the tools at their disposal.

NHS Digital works in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on the development of the indicator set. NHS Digital develops, tests and assures the method for each indicator in the NHS OF. We calculate the indicators and publish the data alongside the specifications and indicator quality statements. The range of data sources being used for the indicators means that some can be updated on a quarterly basis whilst others can only be updated annually or biannually.

All indicators are reported at England level, and are broken down, where possible, by Age, Lower tier local authority, Upper tier local authority, Region, Religion, Ethnicity, Deprivation decile, Sexual orientation, Gender and Condition.

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Framework Domains

Indicators in the NHS OF are grouped around five domains, which set out the high-level national outcomes that the NHS should be aiming to improve. They focus on improving health and reducing health inequalities:

Domain 1 - Preventing people from dying prematurely

This domain captures how successful the NHS is in reducing the number of avoidable deaths.

Domain 2 - Enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions

This domain captures how successful the NHS is in supporting people with long-term conditions to live as normal a life as possible.

Domain 3 -Helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury

This domain captures how people recover from ill health or injury and wherever possible how it can be prevented.

Domain 4 - Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care

This domain looks at the importance of providing a positive experience of care for patients, service users and carers.

Domain 5 - Treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm

This domain explores patients safety and its importance in terms of quality of care to deliver better health outcomes.

Our commitment to continuous improvement

Like all indicators managed by NHS Digital, the NHS OF indicators will be subject to continous review, using our Indicator and Methodology Assurance Service.

We welcome further comments and suggestions for improvement on the NHS OF indicators, please send to enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.net