Mental illness indicators could double in QOF review

The number of QOF indicators for serious mental illness could double if proposals are accepted.

One of the new indicators would offer points for recording alcohol consumption
One of the new indicators would offer points for recording alcohol consumption

NICE has invited comments from healthcare professionals on 13 potential new QOF indicators for 2011/12. Stakeholders have until 11 April to submit comments on the feasibility of the new indicators.

Six proposed indicators relate to serious mental health, which if adopted would double the number of indicators in this area.

The six new indicators would offer points for recording alcohol consumption, BMI, BP, cholesterol, blood glucose and cervical screening among patients with schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and other psychoses.

Other potential new QOF indicators include reviewing asthma control, foot sensation testing for people with diabetes, and the treatment of MI. They also include a palliative care indicator for registering end-of-life care preference, and testing patients with a new diagnosis of diagnosis for other risk factors.

Stakeholders can email comments on the proposed indicators via the NICE website until Sunday 11 April. These comments will be considered by the QOF Advisory Committee in June alongside results from pilots relating to mental health, diabetes and palliative care.

The committee will then recommend which indicators should be considered for inclusion in QOF.

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