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Quality and Outcomes Framework

General Practice

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Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF)

Latest Publications

Published: 30 September 2014
Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF) of the GMS contract - achievement, prevalence and exception reporting data 2013/14
Publication Summary Download pdf file [100kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [217kb]

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.

Latest news

September 2014 - Quality & Outcomes (QOF) of the new GMS contract - achievement, prevalence and exception reporting data covering April 2013 to March 2014 was released on 30 September 2014. Please see link in “Latest Publications” box on right of this page.

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Latest QOF data for Scotland

2013/14 data table links

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


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