7 February 2012
In a report published today, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is identified as one of only two acute trusts in London that achieved all its CQUIN quality indicators - and as a result was rewarded financially by the Department of Health.
The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) payment framework enables commissioners to reward excellence by linking a proportion of providers’ income to the achievement of local quality improvement goals.
Only Royal Brompton & Harefield and North Middlesex University Hospital Trust received all their quality care funding. Royal Brompton received £2.7 million.
The findings on quality targets were based on an analysis by MHP Health Mandate. The consultancy's managing director, Mike Birtwistle, said performance on quality should play a bigger role in hospital funding. He added: "At a time when many hospitals in the capital are running deficits, it is clear that quality failings are starting to hurt financially. Yet the level of payment for quality is still minuscule in the context of overall NHS budgets."
Bob Bell, chief executive of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, commented: "It is only by maintaining a strong focus on quality and safety that we are able to provide the best possible specialist care for our patients."
Read the full report by MHP Health Mandate