The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a voluntary annual reward and incentive programme for all GP surgeries in England, detailing practice achievement results. It is not about performance management but resourcing and then rewarding good practice. A review of the QOF was agreed with the British Medical Association as part of the 2017-18 contract negotiations and was also a commitment within the Next Steps of the 5 Year Forward View.
- QOF can help drive improvements, particularly in three key areas:
- to improve healthcare to better meet needs
- to address childhood obesity
- to improve monitoring of asthma in children.
- An integrated approach to data collection will result in more accurate and comparable data to analyse trends and provide an essential evidence base to inform the use of resources.
- QOF provides opportunities to make children more visible so that they are more accurately ‘counted’ and included within incentive schemes in primary care.
- New indicators could be used to integrate health prevention strategies into primary care, such as focusing on dental or maternal health.
We respond to a wide range of consultations to ensure that the College’s position, and ultimately children’s health, is represented. Members can get involved in current consultations by contacting the Health Policy team: firstname.lastname@example.org.