What are the GP practice achievement results?
The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is the annual reward and incentive programme detailing GP practice achievement results. It is now in it’s second year of operation. QOF is a voluntary process for all surgeries in England and was introduced as part of the GP contract in 2004. QOF awards surgeries achievement points for:
- managing some of the most common chronic diseases e.g. asthma, diabetes
- how well the practice is organised
- how patients view their experience at the surgery
- the amount of extra services offered such as child health and maternity services
QOF gives an indication of the overall achievement of a surgery through a points system. Practices aim to deliver high quality care across a range of areas for which they score points. Put simply, the higher the score, the higher the financial reward for the practice. The final payment is adjusted to take account of surgery workload and the relative health of patients in their area.
To report the latest annual QOF points, The Information Centre for health and social care (The IC) has developed this website to allow patients and public easy access to this useful data that indicates how well their surgery is doing. The IC is working to make information more relevant and accessible to the public, regulators, health and social care professionals and policy makers, leading to improvements in knowledge and efficiency.
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The IC is working to make information more relevant and accessible to the public, regulators, health and social care professionals and policy makers, leading to improvements in knowledge and efficiency. The IC is a special NHS health authority that collects, analyses and distributes data to reduce the burden on frontline staff, releasing more time for direct care.
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You can use this website to look up information on how well your local surgery achieved both this year and last year. Other searches will compare your local GP practice against other GP practices in the local area scores and the national score across England.
Understanding the results
The website provides, for the first time, easy access to comprehensive information on the pattern of the most common chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and cancer. In terms of scale, the data for QOF is collected from over 8,400 GP practices with just over 53 million registered patients in England. QOF helps doctors caring for you to compare the delivery and quality of care currently provided against 2005’s achievement. The aim is to improve care standards by assessing and benchmarking quality of care
By providing this world-leading intelligence on the spread of illnesses such as diabetes, heart conditions and cancers, GPs and other health professionals can make improvements in managing these chronic diseases. This should in time lead to a reduction in avoidable hospital admissions.
The sample of the output chart above shows the results for some of the clinical indicator groups for a GP practice. As well as displaying the latest 2006 results, the chart also displays how those results compare to last year's results, the National Average and the PCT (Primary Care Trust) Average for each indicator. Similar charts are available for the total achievement results, the total clinical results and the individual indicators within each clinical indicator group.
You can use this specially designed website to make specific searches on achievement in the follow ways:
What this site can tell you
- Search for any GP practice in England
- Find the overall achievement score for any practice
- Breakdown the achievement by a series of clinical measures
- Compare local surgery achievement with last year’s achievement, with other surgeries in the local area and national averages
- Discover explanations of the QOF clinical indicators
What this site cannot tell you
- The full set of QOF points – this site shows only the overall results and the clinical indicators scores. A full breakdown of all the QOF scores is available in the QOF section of The Information Centre's website:
- The QOF information is collected at an aggregate level for each general practice and does not refer to specific patients, hence QOF cannot show how well your surgery treats you.
- QOF cannot show you your own chances of surviving a particular disease, such as asthma or diabetes. This is dependent on your individual circumstances such as your age and general health.
- How your GP practice compares with all the practices in England and with individual Primary Care Trusts, a full breakdown of QOF scores is available in the QOF section of The Information Centre's website:
- QOF only reflects part of the work that a general practice is responsible for, as such The Information Centre does not recommend or endorse the use of QOF data to rank practices into league tables. A fuller explanation is available on the frequently asked questions page: