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Quality standards in development

NICE quality standards are currently being developed for the following topics:

Development

The Department of Health and other key partners worked with NICE to develop a list of topics for quality standard development in health-related topics which was referred to NICE in March 2012. Future health-related topics will be referred to NICE by NHS England. NICE also receives referrals from the Department of Health and Department for Education for quality standards in social care and public health.

For more information on the development of NICE quality standards in collaboration with TEGs please see Developing NICE quality standards: interim process guide and in collaboration with QSACs please see Quality standards process guide.

Engagement with stakeholders

We are keen to ensure that the development of NICE quality standards is open and transparent and that stakeholders have the opportunity to contribute. We therefore welcome comments at various points during the development process.

Topic overview

The NICE quality standards team develops a topic overview for each quality standard, based on the referral. The overview describes core elements of the standard, such as the population and condition or services to be covered, and lists the key source guidance that will be used to underpin the quality statements. At publication of the topic overview, NICE requests written submissions from QSAC specialist committee members and registered stakeholders asking them to:

  • identify key areas for quality improvement, including emergent areas of practice that may be considered to be developmental
  • highlight any national or routine indicators and performance measures not listed in the overview
  • provide examples of published information on current practice (such as, reports of variation in care or service provision, evaluations of compliance with source guidance, or patient, carer or service user experience) to support the identified areas for quality improvement
  • express interest in being a supporting organisation. .

Draft quality standards

We also welcome comments on the draft quality standards. We are keen to ensure the quality statements within the quality standard will drive and measure priority quality improvements within a particular area of care, are important to the service and patients, service users and carers and are feasible to implement. NICE welcomes general feedback and comments on individual quality statements. Stakeholders may also be invited to respond to specific questions such as which quality statements are most important and why, whether there are important areas of care or service provision that are not included and if the proposed measures are appropriate. General feedback and comments on individual quality statements are accepted. For more information on individual consultations, please refer to the individual topic page. To find out how to submit your comments, please register as a stakeholder.

Please note that NICE no longer responds to consultation comments submitted on NICE quality standards. Instead, following the publication of the quality standard, NICE will provide stakeholders who submitted comments with a link to the minutes of the meeting that will summarise the committee discussions and decisions. In addition, NICE will provide a link to the summary document that was considered by the QSAC.

Supporting NICE quality standards

If you would like your organisation to support a particular quality standard please email QSsupportingorgs@nice.org.ukto express an interest. NICE welcomes the opportunity to recognise organisations that share NICE's commitment to quality improvement using quality standards and associated evidence-based guidance.

Those who formally support quality standards must be:

  • National patient, carer, service user, voluntary, charity and non-governmental organisations that are run by, or directly reflect the perspectives of people who use services, carers or client groups, and represent the interests of people whose care is covered by the quality standard.
  • National organisations that represent the professionals and practitioners who provide the care or services described in the quality standard.
  • National organisations that represent commissioners or providers of the care or services described in the quality standard.
  • Statutory organisations (an organisation set up by government for a specific purpose) such as Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

This page was last updated: 24 April 2014

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