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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

CQUIN results will be disseminated to participating services by NHSE.



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.



About the 2016/17 mental health CQUIN

Improving physical healthcare to reduce premature mortality in people with severe mental illness continued to be one of the CQUIN goals for 2016/17. Its aim was 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 continued 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 also collected data on patients in community settings.


The CQUIN 2016/17 Guidance was made available by NHSE.  


Indicator 3a

Services were 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 were supported to collect data for indicator 3

Our role was to assist services to select a sample of patients for inclusion in the CQUIN and to collect and analyse the data.  Services were be given access to a data collection tool and entered  data online.  

Data were collected in the following cardiometabolic parameters: smoking status; lifestyle (alcohol and drugs); body mass index; blood pressure; glucose regulation and blood lipids. Services were 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.



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

2016/17 CQUIN results will be disseminated by NHSE


Participating services were sent their submitted data sets on 30 May 2017