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Commissioning for quality & innovation

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Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) is a system introduced in 2009 to make a proportion of healthcare providers’ income conditional on demonstrating improvements in quality and innovation in specified areas of care.

This means that a proportion of our income is dependent upon achieving quality improvement and innovation goals agreed between the Trust and its commissioners.

The key aim of the CQUIN framework for 2014/15 is to support improvements in the quality of services and the creation of new improved patterns of care.  There are three mandatory national goals for 2014/15:

  • Friends and Family Test
  • Improvement against the NHS Safety Thermometer, focusing on pressure ulcers
  • Improving dementia and delirium care

The remaining goals have been negotiated between the Trust and our commissioners.