QOF target

QOF target

Quality and outcomes framework target. A generic term for objective annual targets for care improvements by GPs in the UK. QOF targets do not necessarily represent the latest National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) or evidence-based guidelines, and thus individual practices may work towards different targets. Local formularies are a good source for treatment protocols.

Example, QOF target
Secondary prevention of coronary heart disease
Indicator—CHD register—Target % for payments
% BP recorded—past 15 months—40–90%
% BP < 150/90 or less—40–70%
% Record of total cholesterol—past 15 months—40–90%
% Total cholesterol—5 or less—40–70%
% On aspirin or alternative, or C/I—40–90%
% Treated with beta-blocker or C/I—40–60%
% With history of MI (pos-2003)—on ACE or ACE II—40–80%
% Having flu vaccine—40–90%
The higher the %, the more points achieved; each point has a monetary value to the GP practice.
References in periodicals archive ?
GP practices can earn around pounds 124,000 every year if they achieve 100 per cent of the QOF target (average achievement is 96 per cent).
It is interesting to note that in primary care teams, QI programmes may receive less attention at certain times of year when there are other priorities such as immunisations for flu (usually in October--November each year) or end-of-year QOF targets to achieve.