QOF should include indicators for welfare of young people

The QOF should be updated to include indicators for the health and welfare of young people, a review of children's services recommends.

The review, led by Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, said current QOF indicators give little incentive to GPs to prioritise the needs of children and young people.

‘Getting it right for children and young people: Overcoming cultural barriers in the NHS so as to meet their needs’ highlighted that just four of the 128 QOF indicators refer specifically to children.

It said this should be reviewed to include a ‘broad range of measures’ concerning the health, healthcare and welfare of children and young people.

The report also said practices should be seen as a ‘single point of access’, which should be open ‘at all times’ to ensure children can be assessed and routed to the most appropriate professional or service.

It claims practices are 'closed at those times when parents/carers and young people often need access', and adds that it is ‘essential’ that some GP practices are located in schools and children’s centres.

'Such developments reflect what I see as a central cultural shift: that the service comes to the user, rather than the other way around,' said Sir Ian at the report's launch.

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