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Northern Ireland quality and outcomes framework (QOF) information 2011/12

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety today published the achievement figures from the Northern Ireland Quality and Outcomes Framework 2011/12.
Wednesday, 5 December 2012

This is the eighth 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 1 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 Standards.
  • Organisational Standards.
  • Patient Experience.
  • Additional Services.

Key Points

  • The average achievement in Northern Ireland was 983.6 of the 1,000 points available (98.4%). Achievement was consistently high throughout Northern Ireland, with the average achievement ranging from 97.5% in Belfast LCG to 98.9% in Northern LCG.
  • Of the clinical registers collected for QOF that measure disease prevalence, prevalence was highest for hypertension (12.7%) and lowest for Heart Failure due to LVD (0.34%).
  • The average points achieved in the four main domains were 650.4 points (98.4%) for clinical standards, 256.9 points (98.1%) for organisational standards, 33.0 points (100%) for patient experience and 43.2 points (98.2%) for additional services.
  • Achievement in the new Quality and Productivity section of the organisational domain was also high, with an average of 93.8 points (97.2%) achieved.

Notes to editors:

1. The QOF data tables and reports are published by the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety (NI)

2. This is the eighth year of operation of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). Results from previous years are available on the DHSSPS(NI) website.

3. Despite being a voluntary arrangement, all practices in Northern Ireland have participated in the QOF since its introduction in April 2004.

4. For statistical or data queries, please contact Information & Analysis Directorate on 028 9052 2160.

5. For policy queries, please contact General Medical Services Branch, Primary Care Directorate on 028 9076 5644.

6. Media enquiries about this press release to DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0575, or out of office hours contact to Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.