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NICE opens engagement exercise on library for quality standards

The National Quality Board (NQB)i has asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to open an engagement exercise to inform the development of a library of NHS healthcare topics, which will decide new quality standards. The NQB has asked NICE to carry out this exercise on its behalf. NICE will be developing the quality standards.

Quality standards prepared by NICE will help the NHS Commissioning Boardii in providing national leadership for improving outcomes and driving up the quality of care. They will help inform the Commissioning Outcomes Frameworkiii, provider payment mechanisms such as the tariff and Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) schemes, and guidance for clinical commissioning groups. The library will be reviewed by the NQB at regular intervals to ensure it remains fit for purpose, taking into account any new evidence and changing priorities for commissioners over time.

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.”

The engagement exercise is open from Monday 15 August until Friday 14 October 2011, and welcomes comments from all those with an interest in quality standards. The library, along with further information on this engagement exercise is available now.

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Notes to Editors

1. The library is available from Monday 15 August and interested parties have until Friday 14 October 2011 to submit their comments.

2. The NHS Outcomes Framework can be found on the Department of Health website.

3. More information on NICE quality standards

4. NICE is committed to promoting equality and eliminating unlawful discrimination. If you have a disability which prevents you from submitting your comments, please contact general enquires at nice@nice.org.uk or call us on 0845 003 7781 to arrange an alternative way to comment.

References

i. The National Quality Board (NQB) are a group of representatives from health and social care. Quality standard topics are formally referred to NICE by ministers on the advice of the NQB. Further information can be found at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/NationalQualityBoard/index.htm

ii. For more information on the NHS Commissioning Board, please see http://healthandcare.dh.gov.uk/the-role-of-the-nhs-commissioning-board/

iii. The NHS Commissioning Board, supported by NICE and working with professional and patient groups, will develop a Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF) that measures the health outcomes and quality of care achieved by clinical commissioning groups.

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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