The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) framework supports improvements in the quality of services and the creation of new, improved patterns of care.
Since 2019 CQUINs have been designed according to criteria that ensure a focus on narrow operational improvements, rather than on complicated and burdensome change. These require that indicators in the scheme:
- highlight proven, standard operational delivery methods;
- support implementation of relatively simple interventions;
- form part of wider national delivery goals that already exist, thereby not adding new cost pressures;
- are explicitly supported by wider national implementation programmes; and
- command stakeholder support.
Each year Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust undertakes a number of CQUINs appropriate to the services provided that are commissioned from NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Further information can be found at https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs-standard-contract/cquin/