The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released details of the proposed quality and outcomes framework (QOF) indicators for 2014/15. The proposed indicators concern improving the quality of care provided by GPs. These proposals include three new indicators relating to the improvement of dementia care.
“Ten proposed new indicators are on this menu, falling under four broad clinical areas. These include four on mental health and behavioural conditions; one of which is the percentage of patients with dementia who have a record of attendance at a memory assessment service. Another is on the percentage of patients with dementia with the contact details of a named carer on their record”.
The third dementia-related indicator is a little more abstruse.
“The percentage of patients with dementia (diagnosed on or after 1 April 2014) with a record of FBC, calcium, glucose, renal and liver function, thyroid function tests, serum vitamin B12 and folate levels recorded up to 12 months before entering on to the register.” (p.4).
Summary of recommendations for the NICE menu of indicators for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF): summary of recommendations for the NICE menu (August 2013). London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, June / August 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].