The agreement between NHS Employers and the British Medical Association on the GP contract for 2009-10 included new Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicators addressing seven clinical priorities, including two new indicators for cardiovascular disease primary prevention. These new indicators will reward practices for carrying out a cardiovascular risk assessment and providing lifestyle advice for patients with a new diagnosis of hypertension.
The Department has asked the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to oversee a new independent and transparent process for developing and reviewing QOF clinical and health improvement indicators for England from 1 April 2009 as part of their role in providing guidance for the national health service based on evidence of clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness. We launched a public consultation on the proposed new process on 30 October 2008. The consultation ended on 2 February. Subject to the outcome of that consultation, any proposal for further changes to QOF indicators would need to be considered under that new process.