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Quality and Outcomes Framework

General Practice

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Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF)

Latest Publications

Published: 11 October 2016
Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF) of the new GMS contract - achievement, prevalence and exception reporting data
Publication Summary Download pdf file [165kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [634kb]

The Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF) represents one of the main sources of potential income for general practices (GP surgeries) across the UK. It is a major part of the new General Medical Services (GMS) contract, introduced on 1st April 2004. Participation by general practices in the QOF is voluntary. For those that do participate, the QOF measures achievement against a range of evidence-based indicators, with points and payments awarded according to the level of achievement.

ISD publishes the following information from QOF:

  • QOF points and payments achieved by GP practices
  • Prevalence data for a range of conditions recorded in QOF registers
  • Information on QOF exception reporting, i.e. numbers of patients excluded for reasons such as a treatment not being clinically appropriate, or the patient choosing not to attend review appointments.

For more information about QOF please see our latest publication report or follow the links to the left.

Note - The final 2015-16 QOF publication will be released in October 2016. ISD will no longer be publishing the QOF after this date as the QOF is being decommissioned, with all points being retired and funding transferred to practice core funding. QOF data will no longer be extracted for payment purposes. 2016-17 QOF data will continue to be extracted to support the peer led GP Cluster Continuous Quality Improvement process as part of the latest GMS contract agreement.

Latest news

October 2015 - Quality & Outcomes (QOF) of the new GMS contract - achievement, prevalence and exception reporting data covering April 2015 to March 2016 was released on 11 October 2016. Please see link in "Latest Publications" box on right of this page.

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Latest QOF data for Scotland

2015/16 data table links

For more information see About QOF and for an archive of QOF data see Historic Data.

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