Single oversight framework (SOF) scores

The Single Oversight Framework (SOF) is designed to help NHS providers attain, and maintain, Care Quality Commission ratings of ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. The Framework doesn't give a performance assessment in its own right.

Trusts are given a SOF score from 1 to 4. What the SOF segment scores mean.

How it works

 The Framework will help us identify NHS providers' potential support needs across five themes:

  • quality of care
  • finance and use of resources
  • operational performance
  • strategic change
  • leadership and improvement capability
NHS England and NHS Improvement segment individual trusts according to the level of support each trust needs. The regional teams at NHS England and NHS Improvement can then signpost, offer or mandate tailored support as appropriate.

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