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NICE consults on new social care quality standards

NICE has today (16 August) launched a consultation on two new quality standards for social care; one on the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people and one on supporting people to live well with dementia.

The Health and Social Care Act (2012) set out a new responsibility for NICE to develop quality standards and other guidance for social care in England. This consultation forms part of a pilot programme which is testing draft methods and processes, exploring the format and presentation of the quality standards in social care settings, and developing an approach to integrating related health and social care standards.

These new quality standards set out aspirational but achievable care, and when published, the care system should consider them when planning and delivering services as part of a general duty to secure continuous improvement in quality.

Dr Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at NICE said: “As part of our preparation for taking on our new role in social care in April 2013, we are currently running a pilot programme for developing social care quality standards. This programme is focused on two topics - the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people and supporting people to live well with dementia. 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.

“NICE is working in collaboration with the social care sector in the development of these two pilot quality standards. Each of the draft quality standards is based on existing NICE guidance and has been developed by an independent Topic Expert Group made up of 19 members including relevant social care experts for each topic area, people from other professional groups and lay members. Stakeholders, including health and social care professionals and members of the public now have the opportunity to comment on the draft quality standards, which are available on the NICE website.”

The draft quality standard on dementia consists of 13 statements including:

  • People living with dementia and their carers are in contact with a local adviser who provides information about dementia and how to access additional support.
  • People living with dementia and their carers have choice and control in decisions affecting their care and support.
  • People in the early stages of dementia and their carers have opportunities to be involved in planning their palliative and end-of-life care.
  • People living with dementia are supported to participate in activities based on individual interest and choice.
  • People living with dementia and their carers have opportunities to be involved in planning and evaluating services.
  • People living with dementia and their carers are supported to access independent advocacy services.

The draft quality standard for looked-after children and young people consists of 13 statements including:

  • Looked-after children and young people, and young people who are covered by leaving care arrangements are actively involved in decisions at every stage of their care.
  • Looked-after children and young people entering care and moving between placements are offered a choice of placements which meet their individual needs and preferences.
  • Young people leaving care are offered continued access to and support from services when they need it to ensure that they move to independence at their own pace.
  • Looked-after children and young people, and young people who are covered by leaving care arrangements, who move between services or across local authority areas or health boundaries, experience continuity of services.
  • Carers of looked-after children, and of young people, 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

Consultation on the draft quality standards will run from 16 August until 16 October 2012. Views from consultation will be augmented by a detailed process of field testing to ensure the final product is tailored appropriately to a social care audience.

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About the draft quality standards

1. The draft quality standards will be available on the NICE website from 16 August 2012:

Care of people with dementia

Health and wellbeing of looked-after children

2. Further information on NICE´s new role in social care.

3. Social care quality standards will apply in England only. It will be for the UK devolved administrations to decide on local policy. Where appropriate, memoranda of understanding or service level agreements will be put in place.

4. Related NICE quality standards:

About NICE

5. 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

6. 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.

7. 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
  • Commissioning Outcomes Framework - NICE develops the potential indicators for the COF, the scheme starting in 2013, which will help measure the health outcomes and quality of care commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups.

8. NICE provides advice and support on putting NICE guidance and standards into practice through its 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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