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New NICE quality standard published on chronic heart failure

NICE has today (30 June) published quality standards for the assessment, diagnosis and clinical management of chronic heart failure1 in adults, adding to the bank of quality standards already completed.

Developed from the best available evidence (usually NICE guidance or NHS Evidence-accredited sources), NICE quality standards are the only healthcare standards that apply nationally in England. They aim to define what quality care is by providing patients, carers and the public, healthcare professionals, commissioners and service providers with clear, easy to understand definitions of high-quality healthcare.

NICE quality standards will play a key role in the NHS Outcomes Framework, an overview of aims and objectives in improving patient outcomes in the NHS.

Heart failure affects about one in every 100 people in the UK, rising to one in every 15 for those aged 75 and over. Around 30% of patients admitted to hospital for heart failure die within a year of their hospital admission2.

The quality standard on chronic heart failure features 13 statements that define high quality patient care. These include offering people with stable chronic heart failure and no precluding condition or device a supervised, group exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programme that includes education and psychological support. It also states that people admitted to hospital because of chronic heart failure are provided with a personalised management plan that is shared with them, their carer(s) and their GP. The standard also states that people with moderate to severe chronic heart failure, and their carer(s), have access to a heart failure specialist and a palliative care service.

Dr Fergus Macbeth, Centre for Clinical Practice Director at NICE, said: “We are very pleased to be publishing this quality standard for chronic heart failure. They add to the bank of standards already available, which we hope will play an important role in improving patient care and outcomes for this very serious condition.”

Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation said: “For many people, chronic heart failure can be an incredibly debilitating condition, so it's vital they receive the best possible treatment and care. Having high quality standards in place will no doubt play an integral part in helping medical staff better diagnose and manage this condition, and drive improvements in care for patients.”

The chronic heart failure quality standard is available from Thursday 30 June

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1. Chronic heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to cope with the demands on it and does not pump blood with normal efficiency to the other organs such as the brain, liver and kidneys.

2. National Heart Failure Audit 2010, run jointly by the NHS Information Centre and the British Society for Heart Failure, and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP).

About NICE

1. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.

2. NICE produces guidance in three areas of health:

  • public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sector
  • health technologies - guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments, medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics) and procedures within the NHS
  • clinical practice - guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS.

3. NICE produces standards for patient care:

  • quality standards - these reflect the very best in high quality patient care, to help healthcare practitioners and commissioners of care deliver excellent services
  • Quality and Outcomes Framework - NICE develops the clinical and health improvement indicators in the QOF, the Department of Health scheme which rewards GPs for how well they care for patients.

4. NICE provides advice and support on putting NICE guidance and standards into practice throughits implementation programme, and it collates and accredits high quality health guidance, research and information to help health professionals deliver the best patient care through NHS Evidence.

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