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Lancashire Primary Care Trust

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of people being treated for depression in Lancashire primary care trust. (306673)

The information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows the number of patients aged 18 years or over, recorded on practice disease registers with a diagnosis of depression for the Central Lancashire primary care trust (PCT).

Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)

Number of patients on depression register

Central Lancashire PCT



1. The Information Centre for health and social care published the national QOF for England, which gives the number of people recorded on practice disease registers with a diagnosis of depression. The depression register only includes patients 18 years or over.

2. QOF is the national Quality and Outcomes Framework, introduced as part of the new general medical services contract on 1 April 2004.

3. Participation by practices in the QOF is voluntary, though participation rates are very high, with most personal medical services practices also taking part.

4. Patients will only contribute to the figures in QOF if they are registered with a general practice participating in QOF.

5. Most indicators in QOF have rules which allow for patients to be excluded (e.g. patient refuses treatment) and so the denominator for a given indicator may be less than the number of patients on the register for that disease.

6. The published QOF information was derived from QMAS; a national system developed by NHS Connecting for Health.

7. QMAS uses data from general practices to calculate individual practices’ QOF achievement. QMAS is a national IT system developed by NHS Connecting for Health to support the QOF.

8. The QMAS system captures the number of patients on the various disease registers for each practice. The number of patients on the clinical registers can be used to calculate measures of disease prevalence, expressing the number of patients on each register as a percentage of the number of patients on practices’ lists.


Quality Management Analysis System (QMAS database) 2008-09 data as at end of June 2009