QOF data to inform national balanced scorecard

QOF returns and other NHS data will be used as the basis of a national balanced scorecard for NHS services across England, the DoH has said.

In launching the consultation Mr Lansley said 'We will measure the outcomes that are most important to patients'
In launching the consultation Mr Lansley said 'We will measure the outcomes that are most important to patients'

In a DoH consultation document launched this week, the DoH said that the NHS Outcomes Framework will be used ‘as a balanced scorecard or dashboard to monitor the progress of the NHS’.

The NHS Outcomes Framework will be used to determine how to improve care, rather than to ‘performance manage’ providers, the document said.

Data from the outcomes framework will be used by the NHS Commissioning Board to decide how to improve care ‘by working with GP consortia and making use of the various tools and levers it will have at its disposal’, the DoH said.

Launching the consultation, health secretary Andrew Lansley said: 'Instead of politically motivated targets which lack clinical evidence, we will measure the outcomes that are most important to patients and that are relevant to healthcare professionals. These will be backed up by authoritative, evidence-based quality standards that will ensure everyone understands how those outcomes can be achieved.'

Further details of how the framework will operate and proposals for the outcomes it will use are included in the document, which is open for comments until 12 October.

The consultation is the first of five documents being released by the DoH in the wake of last week’s health White Paper.

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