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1st July 2008

Darzi has apparently added a host of new buzzwords and jargon to the NHS dictionary including ICO (Integrated Care Organisation), Best Practice Tariff (presumably soon to be shortened to BPT) and NQB (a new National Quality Board).

But the one that worries me is CQUIN, which has something to do introducing quality and innovation factors into PbR (sorry, Payment by Results).

Is this likely to be confused with CQuINS, the national self assessment tool for cancer services used by every hospital and cancer network in the country? Or will CQuINS have to change its name? (In 2004 the government insisted the term "standards" could only be used for its flagship programme Standards for Better Health. No one else was allowed to use the term for any other venture, leaving the rest of the NHS scratching around for other words that meant the same thing (and there aren't many I can tell you).

Currently this issue is being played out at a higher level between the NHS Institute (for Innovation and Improvement) and NHS Improvement, the new name for the old CSIP programmes which recently merged.

Perhaps Lord Darzi would like to grab the word "Improvement" too and really confuse everybody?

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Tracy Cohen

Monday 22nd March 2010 @ 15:50

CQUINs actually means ....
Commissioning for Quality and Innovation


Tuesday 13th July 2010 @ 16:57

I think you'll find CQuINS really means...
Cancer Quality Improvement Network System!
Coined first at http://www.cquins.nhs.uk.

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