NICE publishes QOF 2012/13 proposals

NICE has handed GP negotiators final recommendations for new indicators for the QOF 2012/13.

The new indicators include five public health measures for addressing smoking and lack of physical exercise.
The new indicators include five public health measures for addressing smoking and lack of physical exercise.

The menu of 18 new indicators, reported by GP in June, includes five public health measures for addressing smoking and lack of physical exercise.

The list, finalised at NICE’s June meeting, also recommends removing 17 indicators from the QOF. These have mostly become standard practice with high levels of achievement.

NICE has also published suggestions for amending wording of several existing indicators.

Aberdeen GP Dr Colin Hunter, chairman of the QOF advisory committee, said he hoped the recommendations would make ‘a real difference to patient care’.

Proposed new indicators target asthma, AF, prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, peripheral arterial disease, hypertension and public health.

GPC negotiators and NHS Employers will decide on which recommendations to accept for the QOF 2012/13 in talks due to start in the autumn. The final decision will be announced in the winter.

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