How much do we have to pay to use CQRS Local?

The CQRS Local system is being developed on behalf of NHSE/I so there will be no costs for commissioners or providers using the system.

Who has developed CQRS Local?

CQRS Local has being developed by a collaboration of the five Commissioning Support Units; Arden & GEM, Midlands and Lancashire, North of England, North East London and South, Central & West. The CSUs are arms-length bodies of NHSE, providing system support services to health and care systems.

Working in collaboration enables the very best system development and support teams to partner together and provide a system which suits the needs of commissioners and providers across the country.

The CSU Collaborative are able to bring the benefits of scale whilst making the most of the trusted working relationships and knowledge they each have at a local level. The system has been commissioned by NHSE/I.

What are the key drivers behind CQRS Local?

There are several key drivers behind the introduction of CQRS Local – all of them have technology, efficiency and reducing bureaucracy at their heart. The General Practice Forward View highlights the need for new ways of working to reduce administrative overhead in general practice and streamline processes.

The Five Year Forward View supported the need for efficiency savings and outlined the need for services to be commissioned, provided and paid for in new ways. These two key strategies are further supported by the ‘Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ and ‘Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19’ – both strengthening the need for new place-based commissioning models.

How is this different to the CQRS National system that we already use?

Both CQRS Local and CQRS National are part of the GP Payments Calculations Futures Programme (GPPCF). The CSU Collaborative has managed the national CQRS system since November 2020. CQRS Local and CQRS National systems will be accessed via the same portal, along with all training and support documentation.

National claims via CQRS will run in the same way as they do now. All national schemes (QOF) will continue to be managed via the CQRS national system and process. The system will be hosted on innovative technology, meaning that the current limit on the number of schemes offered can be increased.

CQRS Local differs because it’s a new product which has been developed to provide support in the management of Local Incentive Schemes.