Have your say on quality standard topics
Patient organisations and those representing health and social care professionals have just one week left to comment on the development of a library of healthcare topics, which will decide new quality standards.
Providers and commissioners of health services, companies that manufacture medicines or devices, statutory organisations like the Department of Health, and research organisations that have done nationally recognised research are also invited to take part in the engagement exercise.
NICE quality standards are a set of specific, concise statements and measures that act as markers of high-quality, clinical and cost-effective patient care across a pathway or clinical area, covering treatment or prevention.
The standards apply across England and are developed from the best available evidence, such as NICE guidance or other evidence sources accredited by NHS Evidence.
NICE was asked to development a library of healthcare topics on behalf of the National Quality Board (NQB), a group of representatives from health and social care.
The NQB will review the library at regular intervals to ensure it remains fit for purpose, taking into account any new evidence and changing priorities for commissioners over time.
NICE is keen to find out whether there are any significant gaps or omissions in the proposed library of topics, and if there are any aspects of the care pathway or clinical area that it would be particularly important for the quality standard to address.
Interested parties can also comment on topics where the interface with social care is particularly important and should be considered in developing the quality standard, and feedback on the quality standards that have already been published.
So far, NICE has published 12 quality standards, with a further 36 currently in development or due to commence development shortly. NICE will produce a library of 150 quality standards by 2015.
They will form a cornerstone of the NHS Outcomes Framework, which sets out the aims and objectives towards improving outcomes in the NHS, and what this will mean for patients and healthcare professionals.
They will also help inform the Commissioning Outcomes Framework, provider payment mechanisms such as the tariff and Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) schemes, and guidance for clinical commissioning groups.
Dr Fergus Macbeth, Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE said: “NICE quality standards are a tool for commissioners and healthcare providers to help them deliver high quality care locally, and set the benchmark for excellent health care quality.
“The library of topics will inform new quality standards, and this engagement exercise is a good opportunity for all those interested parties to put forward their ideas. I would urge them to submit their comments through the NICE website.”
Interested parties should complete an online form and have until Friday 14 October 2011 to submit their comments.
6 October 2011