The Department of Health today published the achievement figures from the Northern Ireland Quality and Outcomes Framework 2017/18.
This is the fourteenth year of operation of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), which is a system to remunerate general practices for providing good quality care to their patients, and to help fund work to further improve the quality of health care delivered. It is a fundamental part of the General Medical Services (GMS) Contract, which was introduced on 1st April 2004.
The QOF measures achievement against a range of evidence-based indicators, with points and payments awarded according to the level of achievement. The framework has four main components:
- Clinical Indicators
- Public Health Indicators (including additional services)
- Patient Experience
- Records & Systems Indicators
- The average achievement in Northern Ireland was 538.6 of the 547 points available (98.5%). Achievement across LCGs has been historically very similar, with levels in 2017/18 ranging from 98.0% in Southern LCG to 98.9% in Western LCG. (Levels showed greater variation in 2016/17, due to a QOF holiday in operation that year).
- Of the clinical registers collected for QOF that measure disease prevalence, prevalence was highest for hypertension (13.62%) and lowest for Osteoporosis (0.29%).
- The average points achieved in the main domains were 373.9 points (98.4%) for Clinical, 33.4 points (95.5%) for Public Health, 13.6 points (97.1%) for Public Health - Additional Services, 17.9 points (99.7%) for Patient Experience and 99.7 (99.7%) for Records & Systems.
- Achievement in the clinical areas ranged from 95.9% in Osteoporosis to 100% in Atrial Fibrillation. There were no new clinical areas introduced in 2017/18.
Notes to editors:
- The QOF data tables and reports are published by the Department of Health (NI) via the Statistics Section of the website.
- This is the fourteenth year of operation of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). Results from previous years are available on the DoH (NI) website.
- Despite being a voluntary arrangement, all practices in Northern Ireland have participated in the QOF since its introduction in April 2004. An agreement regarding QOF achievement was in place between the HSCB and 3 practices in relation to issues which the HSCB recognised would impact on QOF achievement in 2017/18. These issues related to practice closures, dispersals and mergers and the subsequent impact on practices. These 3 practices are excluded from all analysis.
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