Thirty one new quality standards to be developed by NICE
Quality standards for thirty one new clinical areas are to be produced by NICE in the latest round of development, on topics including asthma, bipolar disorder, diabetes and four different types of cancer. The quality standards will join the suite of four already published by NICE, and a further nine currently in development.
NICE quality standards are a set of specific, concise statements that act as markers of high-quality, clinically and cost-effective patient care. They aim to help healthcare practitioners and commissioners of care deliver excellence in services.
NICE quality standards play a pivotal role in the NHS outcomes framework 2011/12, a national overview of aims and objectives for the NHS in improving patient outcomes, which was published earlier this week by the Department of Health.
Subject to parliamentary approval, the new NHS Commissioning Board will use NICE quality standards to develop a set of national outcomes, which will then be translated into local indicators used to hold GP commissioning consortia to account.
The 31 topics are:
- Acute chest pain
- Antenatal care
- Asthma (including children and young people)
- Bipolar disorder in adults
- Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents
- Colorectal cancer
- Diabetes in children (type 1 and type 2)
- Diagnosis and management of hepatitis B, all ages
- Drug use disorders (over-16s)
- Epilepsy in adults
- Epilepsy in children
- Falls in a care setting
- Head injury
- Hip fractures
- Intrapartum care
- Intravenous fluid therapy in hospitalised adult patients
- Lung cancer
- Management of myocardial infarction
- Management of ulcerative colitis
- Meningitis in people under 16
- Migraine/headache (over 12 years of age)
- Nutrition in hospital, including young people
- Ovarian cancer
- Postnatal care
- Pressure ulcers
- Prostate cancer
- Pulmonary embolism
- Reflux disease (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease)
- Safe prescribing
Quality standards are developed from the best available evidence, usually NICE guidance or other NHS Evidence accredited sources. Produced in collaboration with the NHS and social care professionals, as well as their partners and service users, they are aimed at patients and the public, clinicians, public health practitioners, commissioners and service providers. They are the only standards in health and social care that apply nationally in England.
Quality standard topics are referred to NICE by ministers on the advice of the National Quality Board, a group of representatives from health and social care, committed to improving quality in the NHS. This work is central to supporting the Government's vision for an NHS focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for patients. NICE's aim is to produce a suite of 150 quality standards over the next five years.
23 December 2010
This page was last updated: 23 December 2010