GPs can submit comments during the four-week consultation, the second of two topic suggestion periods for the QOF 2013/14.The suggestions should be based on existing NICE guidance or NHS Evidence-accredited sources.
The first phase of topic suggestion for the 2013/14 QOF was held in September 2010. The Primary Care QOF Advisory Committee considered suitable suggestions from this phase in December 2010.
During the meeting, advisors re-worded previous suggestions into versions suitable for GP systems, and agreed to pilot a number of potential indicators in 30 representative practices across the UK. This process will be repeated for topics prioritised by the committee following this next final phase of topic suggestion.
Dr Fergus Macbeth, clinical practice centre director at NICE, said: ‘We actively encourage anyone with an interest in health to contribute to every stage of the NICE process for QOF. For that reason, we've made it very easy for individuals and stakeholders to submit topics online for development for the 2013/14 framework.
‘We value these comments highly and look forward to receiving contributions. In summer 2012, we will publish the final menu of proposed indicators, together with recommendations about existing indicators, including those which should be retired.’
GPs can submit ideas via an online topic suggestion facility. It will be open from Monday 31 January until Monday 28 February.
Topics will then be reviewed against NICE suitability criteria. Suggestions that pass this check will be presented to an independent advisory committee this summer.