Quality and outcomes framework

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The quality and outcomes framework (QOF) is part of the General Medical Services (GMS) contract for general practices and was introduced on 1 April 2004.

The QOF rewards practices for the provision of 'quality care' and helps to fund further improvements in the delivery of clinical care.

Access the 2016/17 QOF guidance. Download a summary of the changes to QOF for 2016/17.

A set of FAQs has been developed to support commissioners in delivery of the GMS contract, these FAQs can be found on our QOF FAQs page.


Details of QOF changes by year can be found on the sections below. 


Further information

The full set of indicators of achievement are outlined in the latest QOF guidance, published by NHS Employers, which is updated for each year.

QOF results are published annually for the following countries, by the following organisations:

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Changes to QOF 2017/18

Learn about the 2017/18 menu of NICE QOF recommendations.

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Changes to QOF 2016/17

Find out the changes to the 2016/17 Quality and Outcomes Framework(QOF)which take effect from 1 April 2016.

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Changes to QOF 2015/16

Find out about the changes to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) 2015/16.

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Changes to QOF 2014/15

This page outlines the changes to the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) for 2014/15 for England only.

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Changes to QOF 2013/14

This page outlines the changes to the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) for 2013/14 for England only.

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Changes to QOF 2012/13

This page outlines the changes to the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) for 2012/13.

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Changes to QOF 2004 - 2012

This section includes information on the changes to the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) between 2004-12. 

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