Health and wellbeing CQUIN

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In November 2016, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, confirmed that the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) payment framework for health and wellbeing will be extended for at least the next two years.

To receive some of the funding, hospitals and providers need to introduce health and wellbeing programmes and healthier food choices. The wellbeing initiatives include mental health programmes, physical activity schemes and fast track access to physiotherapy. The results are measured using the NHS staff survey, where trusts need to demonstrate a 5 per cent improvement in the criteria over two years.

The healthier food choice scheme includes incentives for hospitals and trusts to:

  • end price promotions on high fat, salt, saturates, sugar foods
  • stop advertising of unhealthy foods on NHS premises
  • end the sale of unhealthy foods at checkouts, while ensuring healthier meals are available out of hours.
The CQUIN also includes a key measure on the uptake of the flu vaccination in frontline healthcare workers. Trusts will need to achieve a 70 per cent uptake rate by 28 February 2018 and a 75 per cent uptake rate by 28 February 2019.

Find out more about the NHS England healthy workforce programme, read the CQUIN guidance or download key resources to help you achieve the CQUIN.

We want to support you to become a healthy employer and work towards the health and wellbeing CQUIN payment framework. To do so, we've produced a range of resources to guide you through your journey. 


Resources  Published   
Powerpoint presentation
Jul 2016
Use this presentation to help your staff understand the CQUIN and its implications.
NHS England full guidance
Nov 2016
Read the full guidance document produced by NHS England.
flu fighter CQUIN webinar
Jun 2016
Watch Jonny Cotton from NHS England explain the CQUIN targets for flu. Two trusts also share their good practice from the 2015/16 campaign.
For more general support with your health and wellbeing programme, visit our dedicated web section.

Watch Jonny Cotton from NHS England explain the CQUIN targets for flu. Two trusts also share their good practice from the 2015/16 campaign.

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