NICE launches consultation on potential reward and incentive indicators for GPs’ surgeries and to help clinical commissioners set priorities.
Health professionals, patients, community groups and voluntary organisations are being urged by NICE, the health and social care guidance body, to take part in its joint public consultation on potential new indicators for the 2016/17 Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and the 2016/17 Clinical Commissioning Group Outcome Indicator Set (CCG OIS) menus.
The proposed QOF indicators cover a range of health priorities. These include carrying out cardiovascular disease risk assessments with all people who have a severe mental illness and better access to psychological therapies for people with a diagnosis of anxiety or depression. There are also potential indicators that focus on people who live in care homes or who are housebound.
The proposed CCG OIS indicators have been developed using NICE Quality Standards.
The health and wellbeing of children and young people is a key area focused on with proposed indicators for children and young people with depression, conduct disorders and autism. There are also indicators for the treatment of obesity and support for women and couples with fertility problems.
The new list has been developed following recommendations from the NICE QOF and CCG OIS advisory committees.
Comments are welcomed via the NICE website and stakeholders are asked to consider issues such as unintended consequences of introducing individual indicators, or any factors that might affect their implementation.
The indicators which are part of this consultation are not the final indicators; the new Indicator Advisory Committee will consider results of the piloting / testing and consultation feedback in June 2015 before recommending which of these potential indicators should be included in the NICE QOF and CCG OIS menus which will be published in August 2015.
For the QOF, a process of negotiation between the four UK health departments, and general practitioners’ representatives will then ultimately decide which indicators will be included within the 2016/17 QOF. For the CCG OIS, NHS England will work with key stakeholders to agree the final indicators to be added to the 2016/17 CCG OIS.