NICE Indicators Programme

We develop general practice and CCG indicators for use in national and local quality improvement programmes.

NICE indicators are currently being used in a range of indicator frameworks including the General Practice Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and the Clinical Commissioning Group Improvement and Assessment Framework (CCG IAF).

In addition to these national schemes, NICE is working with local organisations to help them use NICE indicators as part of local improvement frameworks.

All NICE indicators are:
• Evidence-based, underpinned by NICE quality standards, NICE guidance or NICE accredited guidance.
• Developed in collaboration with an independent Indicator Advisory Committee. The membership of the committee includes GPs, hospital consultants, public health and social care practitioners, NHS commissioners and lay members.
• Piloted and tested in collaboration with key stakeholders including the Health and Social Care Information Centre (NHS Digital).
• Have been subject to national public consultation.

Improving quality in general practice

We develop a range of high quality indicators that can be used to help assess and improve practice.

A number of NICE indicators are currently used in the QOF. The QOF is an incentive scheme for GP practices in the UK, rewarding them for how well they care for patients. The QOF rewards contractors for the quality of care they provide and aims to standardise the care delivered across all general practices in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

In addition to the QOF NICE indicators can be and are used in different general practice focused indicator frameworks. The CQC has included NICE indicators in their general practice intelligent monitoring dataset.

Helping CCGs improve care

We have a remit to develop CCG levels indicators for NHS England to consider for inclusion in national CCG level indicator frameworks such as the CCG IAF and the CCG Outcome Indicator Set.

We work in partnership with The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to develop and test the indicators and their accompanying technical specifications.