Changes to QOF 2017/18

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On the 7 February 2017, NHS Employers and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC) agreed a number of changes to Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) effective from 1 April 2017. These changes apply in England only.

The key changes are

  • The average practice list size (CPI) had risen from 7,460 as at 1 January 2016 to 7,732 at 1 January 2017.
  • The value of a QOF point will increase by £6.02 or 3.6 per cent from £165.18 in 2016/17 to £171.20 in 2017/18.
  • No changes to thresholds for 2017/18. 
  • No changes to QOF indicators.

Although no indicators have been retired for this year, it is expected that practices will continue to undertake work as clinically appropriate in relation to those indicators no longer in QOF (INLIQ). From 1 April 2017, it is a contractual requirement for practices to facilitate data collection on these indicators. 

Periodically, NHS England will collect anonymised data from practices’ clinical systems which will provide statistical information, be processed for audit and publication and will help inform commissioners and practices. It is not intended for performance management purposes.

  • View the list of INLIQ.
  • The 2017/18 QOF guidance will be available to download in due course.
  • Read the summary of QOF indicators for 2017/18.
  • A set of FAQs were developed to support commissioners in the delivery of the 2016/17 GMS contract and they can be found on our FAQs page, in the related links. This page will be updated from July 2017.

NICE menu of recommended changes to the QOF

For full details of the recommendations made by NICE along with any relevant supporting documents, please see the NICE website.

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