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Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN)

The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUINs) payments framework encourages care providers to share and continually improve how care is delivered and to achieve transparency and overall improvement in healthcare.

It enables commissioners to reward excellence, by linking a proportion of English healthcare providers' income to the achievement of local quality improvement goals.

The framework aims to embed quality within commissioner-provider discussions and to create a culture of continuous quality improvement, with stretching goals agreed in contracts on an annual basis.

It makes a proportion of provider income conditional on the achievement of ambitious quality improvement goals and innovations agreed between commissioner and provider, with active clinical engagement.

This year the CQUINs are worth over £3m of income to the Trust and cover areas such as Staff Wellbeing, Physical Health, Child and Young Person Transition and Improving services for people who present at A&E with Mental Health Needs. The Trust achieved 77% of the income available for the 2018/19 Local CQUINs and 100% of the income available for the 2018/19 Specialist Services CQUINS.

How did we do for 2018/19?

The following CQUIN targets were set for Local and National Services in 2018/19.


What do we have planned for 2019/20?

The NHS Long Term Plan was published in 2018, which has had an impact on CQUINs. The contract will be decreasing from 2.5% of the contract to 1.25%. Though with the decrease, it has been reported that the CQUINs will be simplified. As below there are five CQUINs for the local contract (CCG2-6) and 3 for the Prescribed Specialist Services (PSS4-6).