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
The mental health CQUIN
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.
2016/17 Guidance has been made available by NHSE.
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
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
How to register
Registration for the 2016/17 CQUIN has now
closed. To find out if your service has registered, please visit
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.
LESTER ADAPTATION OF THE CARDIOMETABOLIC HEALTH RESOURCE - 2014
This can be downloaded from the NAS resources page:
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