Quality Outcome Framework: what's your role?

02 March 2024
Volume 35 · Issue 3

Love it or hate it, QOF is still here for England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Although, QOF has not been in operation in Scotland since 2016, that doesn't mean that every GPN in the UK does not have a duty to improve the care patients receive.

The objective of QOF as tool is used to quantify how practices are improving the care they provide to their patients, based on several indicators across a range of key areas of clinical care and public health. Practices are then rewarded financially for the quality of the care.

To get the maximum points (a financial reward), many of the clinical indicators sit within the domain of GPNs, yet I wonder how many of you have been involved in the QOF discussions.

For many GPNs, their involvement is only sought in the last three months, and, of course, the last-minute dash to get patients in, templates updated, supporting patients to self-care, documenting evidence of improving care and all by 31 March.

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