NICE consultation: updated NICE indicator process guide

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have launched a consultation on their “proposed amendments to the processes we use to develop NICE indicators”. NICE say:

“The NICE indicator process guide describes the process NICE uses to develop indicators from NICE quality standards, NICE guidance and NICE accredited sources.  NICE indicators are used in a range of national measurement frameworks including the CCG Outcomes Indicator Set (CCG OIS) the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework (CCG IAF), NHS England’s General Practice Indicators (GPI) and the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).”

The proposed changes include:

Developing formal criteria to assess the validity of indicators

  • Agreeing criteria for use during indicator development and subsequent publication to support transparency

Exploring different methods to test and pilot indicators

  • Making sure testing or piloting is proportionate to the intended use and accounting for the existence of similar assured indicators
  • Considering use of real world data

Maintaining relevance in a rapidly changing external environment

  • Publishing indicators with an explicit minimum population threshold at which the indicator is feasible (rather than mapped to specific NHS organisational structures)

Endorsing externally developed indicators

  • Retaining this as an option in specific circumstances where externally developed indicators align with NHS England priorities

Take part in the consultation here.

See the consultation in MAP’s consultation tracker here.

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Published on 17. April 2019 in News, News UK