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21-12-2010 | General practice | Article

DoH outlines NHS outcomes targets


DoH: NHS Outcomes Framework

The Department of Health (DoH) has published the first NHS Outcomes Framework, detailing the outcomes on which GPs and the NHS will be judged.

The framework represents a move to focus on those outcomes that matter most to patients, rather than centrally driven process targets.

Updated on an annual basis, the framework will provide a national overview of the aims for the NHS to improve patient outcomes. These national outcome goals will be used to monitor the progress of the NHS Commissioning Board.

It will then be up to the Board to translate the national outcomes into outcomes and indicators that are meaningful at a local level. These will be published in a separate Commissioning Outcomes Framework, and used to hold GP commissioning consortia to account.

The framework sets out five areas in which inequalities will be tackled: :

* preventing people from dying prematurely;

* enhancing the quality of life for people with long-term conditions;

* helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury;

* ensuring that people have a positive experience of care; and

* ensuring people are treated in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: "Our ambition is to achieve health outcomes at least as good as any in the world. To achieve this, we need to focus on outcomes and their robust, continuing measurement. Our focus on improving health outcomes will give the NHS, public health organisations and local government a benchmark for what the public expects to see from their health services."

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