19th November 2010, 10:17am
Lincoln professor offers first full insight into impact of health policy overhaul
Professor Niro Siriwardena A University of Lincoln academic has co-edited a new book offering the first thorough examination of the impact of a major change in British health policy.

The Quality and Outcomes Framework for UK general practice, the most comprehensive pay-for-performance scheme of its kind in the world when it was introduced into the NHS in 2004, is transforming the face of general practice in Britain.

The QOF has attracted praise and criticism in equal measure. Champions claim it advances the quality of primary care, while detractors fear it spells the end of general practice as we have known it.

Edited by Niro Siriwardena, Foundation Professor in Primary Care at the University of Lincoln, and Stephen Gillam, a general practitioner and consultant in public health, The Quality and Outcomes Framework transforming general practice offers the first thorough investigation into the impact of the Framework. The book includes a foreword by Iona Heath, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Professor Siriwardena said general practice was at the very forefront of health policy changes in the UK and abroad.

This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the QOFs impact, examining the claims and counter-claims in depth through the experience of those delivering QOF, comparisons with other countries, and analysis of the wealth of research evidence emerging, he said.
The illustrious list of contributors includes the architects of the QOF, developers, researchers, practitioners and commentators. Their analysis provides essential reading for anyone with an interest in the future of general practice and primary care.

With the QOFs impact being watched carefully within and beyond the UK, the book is of national and international importance.

The Quality and Outcomes Framework transforming general practice is available through booksellers or direct from Radcliffe Publishing at: www.radcliffepublishing.com/books/bookdetail.aspx?ISBN=1846194563
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