Aug. 1, 2015

NICE International, together with the National Collaborating Centre for Indicator Development (NCCID) in Birmingham, is helping Thailand review its Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) programme. Working in partnership with the Health Intervention and Technology Assessment program (HITAP), NICE International and NCCID are providing advice and technical support on quality indicators to improve the current QOF programme for the Thai Universal Health Coverage. In July 2015, Dr Francoise Cluzeau travelled to Bangkok for meetings with colleagues in Thailand to discuss progress on the project.

A review of the current QOF programme, the appropriateness of indicators and user perception has been completed, as well as prioritising key areas for improvement. This was carried out in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including policy makers, clinicians and managers from across Thailand, the National health Security Office (NHSO) and Ministry of Public Health through interactive workshops.

The Thai HITAP team is updating the current set of indicators, using a systematic, transparent and participative approach. This will form part of recommendations for effective QOF programme management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Read more about the project in HITAP’s blog.

 NICE International joins other global institutions to construct the agenda for PMAC 2016

NICE was represented by Kalipso Chalkidou at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) 2016 steering group and scientific committee meeting at the Rockefeller Foundation HQ in New York City from 26th – 29th May 2015.

The 4 day meeting included representatives of other co-sponsor institutions such as the World Bank, WHO, USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. NICE through NICE International is co-hosting this international invitation-only event under the auspices of the Thai royal family for 2016.

The 2016 theme is priority setting for Universal Health Care and the NYC meeting helped determine the agenda for the 2016 conference in Bangkok.

NICE International will be leading on a number of sessions including plenary and parallels and has been contributing to the Bangkok statement calling on countries to boost evidence-informed priority setting institutions for allocating resources for health.