GP leaders have given a cautious welcome to news that the unpopular QOF payment scheme could be abandoned. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said this week he wanted to find a successor scheme to QOF, warning it was becoming a box-ticking exercise. QOF – the Quality and Outcomes Framework – allows GPs to earn
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The controversial Quality and Outcomes Framework shows no evidence of having saved lives through improvements in general practice, according to a major new study published today. QOF, introduced 12 years ago, has paid a large part of practice earnings as payments for specific tasks aimed at tackling problems such as hypertension. But it has become
It’s that time of year again! No I’m not talking about the Easter holidays. I’m not talking about the kids driving you mad at home asking you for the twentieth time ‘what are we doing today’. I’m not talking about the fact it’s stopped raining and on occasion you can go out without your brolly.
Back in June 2014 more than two thirds of GP practices in Somerset ditched QOF for an alternative regional scheme that is regarded by NHS England as an early pilot of co-commissioning arrangements. The Somerset Practice Quality Scheme (SPQS), run by NHS Somerset CCG, has been touted as the potential replacement for QOF across the