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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.

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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


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