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.

The Summary guide provides an overview of key publications and resources, and includes an updated set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Guidance on the national goals for 2011/12 supports use of the two national CQUIN goals for acute schemes, as set out in the NHS Operating Framework for 2011/12.

The original guidance, published in 2008, introduced the CQUIN payment framework in context and remains the key point of reference. It describes the framework, setting out the timetable and scope, before explaining the content that local schemes should cover, how the framework is funded, an outline of how it might be used, and the support and assurance for local schemes.