CQRS has gone live and begun rolling out to the GP practices and Area Teams in the four early adopter areas: South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Birmingham and the Black Country. The national rollout will commence on Thursday 27 June.
The service will assess GP practice achievement against the Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF), Directed Enhanced Services (DES) and other clinical services. The service will support QOF, Learning Disabilities Health Check Scheme, Rotavirus (Routine Childhood Immunisation) and Alcohol Risk Reduction Scheme from go live with other services supported later in the year. GP practices will need to participate in and manually enter data for the Learning Disabilities Health Check Scheme on CQRS by 31 July.
NHS England Area Teams have where possible identified a CQRS User Administrator within each GP practice to CQRS. These users will be set up by CQRS on Thursday. An automated email will be sent to their NHS email address inviting them to complete their CQRS user registration within seven days.
The CQRS User Administrator within each GP practice can then set up other users and assign roles in their practices. GP practices who do not have a user set up by the end of this week should contact their Area Team Primary Care Support Team or the CQRS Service Desk: email@example.com .
To ensure users understand how the service will work and what they need to do to declare/approve achievement activities we have developed implementation guidance for Area Teams and GP practices. This guidance will be sent to users via email and they are also available on the CQRS website.
CQRS will have some significant advantages over QMAS, including:
- Reducing the time GP practices spend calculating achievement and payments.
- The ability to calculate achievement and payments not just for QOF, but also for nationally-commissioned enhanced services such as DESs, services commissioned locally which go beyond the GP contract and services that rely on data from secondary care sources.
- Availability for greater periods of time, particularly at the beginning of financial years, to allow for timely data submission and earlier measurement of achievement.
- Greater flexibility to change in line with NHS requirements as the need arises.
Jon Ensor, Primary Care Support for West Yorkshire Area Team and a member of the CQRS End User Working Group commented: “It’s an exciting time for us right now as we move closer to CQRS go-live. Being part of the End User Working Group has given me the opportunity to see first hand how the service will help users working in Area Teams and GP practices.
"The ability to be able to receive data so seamlessly between commissioning sites and providers will help us save time when calculating achievement and payemts. I have been overwhelmed by the level of positive feedback I have heard about the service so far. As we add more functionality to CQRS I can only see this feedback continuing."