Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) payment framework

The CQUIN payment framework enables commissioners to reward excellence, by linking a proportion of English healthcare providers' income to the achievement of local quality improvement goals. Since the first year of the CQUIN framework (2009/10), many CQUIN schemes have been developed and agreed. This is a developmental process for everyone and you are encouraged to share your schemes (and any supporting information on the process you used) to meet the requirement for transparency and support improvement in schemes over time.

Department of Health guidance

CQUIN schemes (shared by local organisations)


To share examples of local schemes on this site please email Emma O'Donohue.

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