The NHS Institute closed on 31 March 2013. This website is being maintained until the end of June 2013 so that registered users can download documents and view videos (but webinars are no longer available). Once this website is closed you'll be able to see all publicly available content on The National Archives website:*/

Please note that from May 1st 2013 the ability to order our hard copy materials will be temporarily suspended as we finalise the closedown of the NHS Institute and complete the transition to NHS Improving Quality (part of NHS England). It will still be possible to download publications until this website closes, which is projected to be at the end of June 2013. It is currently anticipated that many of the materials will be passed onto NHS England and should become available again later this year.

Further messages on its future will be posted here over the coming weeks.
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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)  

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The NHS Institute closes on 31 March 2013. A decision has not yet been made on where CQUIN schemes to support the 14/15 planning round will be made available. The NHS Commissioning Board will confirm this in due course.  In the meantime, for any urgent queries, please contact


We are not held responsible or liable for this published information on behalf of the Department of Health.  For any questions and queries relating to this information please your Strategic Health Authority lead.