Social care quality standards open for consultation
NICE's first two social care quality standards on dementia care and the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people are now open for consultation.
Social care is a new area of responsibility for NICE following the publication of the Health and Social Care Act earlier this year.
NICE will be developing a range of quality standards and other guidance on social care topics.
The consultation is aimed at a range of parties that include national patient and carer organisations, healthcare professionals, commissioners of health services and the public.
Supporting those with dementia is the focus of one of the draft quality standards.
Currently around 800,000 people in the UK currently have dementia. Due to an ageing population, it is likely that numbers will grow, with one in three people over 65 thought to develop the condition.
Research shows that more than a third of people with dementia said they only sometimes receive support, with many also requesting that services are better designed around their needs.
To help improve the care of people with dementia, the draft quality standard features a number of statements which together set out a vision of high quality care.
- People living with dementia have a care and support plan based on individual needs.
- People with dementia are supported to access services that help maintain their physical and mental wellbeing.
Looked-after children is the topic of the other quality standard now open for consultation.
Applications to take children into care have hit record highs, reaching 10,000 for the first time this year, with the needs of those requiring care often being complex and met by a range of care services over different settings.
While children leaving care go on to have good jobs and careers, around 60% of those being looked after in England have been reported to have emotional and mental health problems.
To help improve the quality of care of looked-after children and young people, the standard consists of a number of statements describing high quality care.
- Looked-after children and young people, and young people who are covered by leaving care arrangements, who have complex emotional and physical needs, can access services when needed.
- Carers receive ongoing high-quality training, support and supervision to enable them to promote the health and wellbeing of children and young people in their care.
The consultation is part of a pilot programme to ensure that NICE's methods and processes are appropriate for the development of quality standards in social care settings.
Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at NICE, said: "We are very pleased to be able to issue these two draft quality standards for consultation; they provide an early version of what high quality care should look like in dementia, and for looked after children and young people.
"Although NICE has been producing quality standards for health care since 2010, these will be the first standards for social care."
15 August 2012