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Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) - 2016-17

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
GP practices, Dental practices, Pharmacies and clinics, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Clinical Commissioning Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships
Date Range:
01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017


The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) was introduced as part of the General Medical Services (GMS) contract on 1 April 2004. The objective of the QOF is to improve the quality of care patients are given by rewarding practices for the quality of care they provide to their patients.
This publication provides data for the reporting year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 and covers all General Practices in England that participated in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) in 2016-17. Participation in QOF is voluntary, though participation rates are very high at 95.4 per cent.

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QOF prevalence

  • The highest QOF recorded prevalence rates are for hypertension (13.8 per cent), obesity (9.7 per cent) and depression (9.1 per cent).
  • The conditions with the greatest change in QOF recorded prevalence from 2015-16 are depression (increased by 0.8 percentage points) and obesity (increased by 0.2 percentage points). (Note - prevalence rates for 2015-16 have been recalculated using data for practices included in QOF 2016-17 only).

QOF achievement

  • The average achievement score for practices is 534.0 points out of 559.
  • 883 practices achieved the maximum of 559 points (this was 11.9 per cent of practices in 2016-17). 640 practices achieved the maximum of 559 points in 2015-16 (this was 8.4 per cent of practices).

QOF exceptions

  • The indicator group with the highest exception rate is cardiovascular disease at 32.3 per cent overall.
  • The indicator group with the lowest exception rate is blood pressure at 0.5 per cent overall.


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