[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 7, February 2012].
This report analyses the impact of Commissioning for Quality and Innovation Scheme (CQUINs) in London. It examines the issues which were incentivised in 2010/11, how service providers performed against their targets, and the financial impact of their performance. The report estimates that London hospitals missed out on nearly £22 million of revenue in 2010/11 as a result of their failure to meet CQUIN goals; which was 23% of the total available.
Commissioners and providers should use CQUINs to prioritise improvements in care for conditions with increasing prevalence and costs, such as dementia. London hospitals are working towards the London Dementia Care Pathway. The use of a CQUIN to incentivise the hospital care pathway – as presented in the Healthcare for London Dementia Services Guide – is said to be encouraging.
Paying for quality: an analysis of the impact of the 2012/11 Commissioning for Quality and Innovation Scheme (CQUINs) in London. London: MHP Health Mandate, February 2012.