Consultation for NICE indicators opens
Consultation for potential new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) indicators has opened.
The indicators cover many different topics and settings, including diabetes care and weight management.
Anyone with an interest in health, including health professionals, patients, community groups and voluntary organisations, are being encouraged to take part.
Comments and suggestions will be used to help NICE to improve healthcare by supporting both national frameworks and local quality improvement initiatives.
They are developed to be used by GP practices and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for service development and improvement as well as for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and the CCG Outcome Indicator Set (CCG OIS).
The consultation will run for four weeks and all submissions must have been sent by February 29.
The proposed diabetes indicators cover a number of areas which include adequate blood glucose control which will help limit the risk of cardiovascular complications, and annual eye screening to prevent complications such as diabetic retinopathy.
A proposed indicator also covers the proportion of children and young people who receive nine individual care processes that are recommended by NICE.
Elsewhere, indicators cover BMI recording for weight management and an annual health assessment for people with learning disabilities.
The NICE Indicator Advisory Committee will meet in June to the results of the consultation, the results of a pilots held across several general practices for QOF indicators and feasibility testing for potential CCG OIS indicators by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
The committee will then make recommendations to the NICE Guidance Executive about which indicators should be included on the NICE menu.
The recommendations will then be published in August alongside the new indicators.