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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness




NHS England commissioned the Royal College of Psychiatrists to support service providers in all aspects of the data collection process for Indicator 3a of the Mental Health CQUIN 2016/17


What are CQUINs?

The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUINs) payments framework was set up in 2009/2010 to encourage service providers to continually improve the quality of care provided to patients and to achieve transparency. CQUINs enable commissioners to reward excellence, by linking a proportion of service providers' income to the achievement of national and local quality improvement goals.



The mental health CQUIN

Improving physical healthcare to reduce premature mortality in people with severe mental illness continues to be one of the CQUIN goals for 2016/17. It aims to support NHS England’s commitment to reduce the 15 to 20 year premature mortality in people with severe mental illness and improve their safety through improved assessment, treatment and communication between clinicians.


The 2016/17 CQUIN continues to focus on all patients with psychosis, including schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder, in all inpatient beds in all NHS commissioned sectors including the independent sector. In addition to those in inpatient setting, the 2016/17 CQUIN will also collect data on patients in community settings.


The CQUIN 2016/17 Guidance has been made available by NHSE.  


Indicator 3a

Services will be required to demonstrate full implementation of appropriate processes for assessing, documenting and acting on cardiometabolic risk factors in patients with psychosis, including schizophrenia.


How services will be supported to collect data for indicator 3

Our role is to assist services to select a sample of patients for inclusion in the CQUIN (a sample of a maximum of 50 inpatient and 100 community patients will be included to assess compliance with CQUIN requirements) and to submit data. Services will be given access to a data collection tool and will be able to submit data online.  

Data will be collected in the following cardiometabolic parameters: smoking status; lifestyle (alcohol and drugs); body mass index; blood pressure; glucose regulation and blood lipids. Services will be required to collect evidence that patients were screened for these measures and where clinically indicated, they were directly provided with, or referred onwards to other services for interventions.


How to register

Registration for the 2016/17 CQUIN has now closed. To find out if your service has registered, please visit our registered services page.


In advance of data collection in January-February 2017, services are required to submit a list of all patients that meet the eligibility criteria for inclusion in the CQUIN. Services can download the guidance document that will help them to identify the sample of eligible patients.



This can be downloaded from the NAS resources page:


CQUIN toolkit

Rethink Mental Illness developed a toolkit of resources to support the mental health CQUIN. It contained their Integrated Physical Health Pathway, endorsed by the Royal Colleges of GPs, Nursing and Psychiatrists, the Physical Health Check tool, the SARIT (Self-Assessment of Readiness for Implementation tool), information sheets and practical resources to help staff implementing the CQUIN. This can be downloaded for free below.




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CQUIN 2016/17

Registration for the 2016/17 CQUIN has now closed.

To see if your service has signed up to the 2016/17 CQUIN, please visit our registered services page.




21 Nov - 6 Jan

Service providers generate a list of eligible patients


21 Nov - 6 Jan

Service providers submit lists of all eligible patients


20 Jan

Sample generation by CQUIN team at RCPsych


23 Jan – 17 Feb

Service providers collect data


20 Feb – 17 Mar

Service providers submit data online

May 2017

Service providers should expect to receive their results from May onwards.