NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the planning and delivery of coordinated, person-centred social care and support for older people with multiple long-term conditions. The quality standard is focused on people aged over 65 as this is the largest group of people affected by multiple long-term conditions. It includes older people living in their own homes, in specialist settings or in care homes, and those who receive support with funding for their social care and those who do not. For more information see the social care for older people with multiple long-term conditions topic overview.

NICE quality standards focus on aspects of health and social care that are commissioned locally. Areas of national policy, such as funding for social care, are therefore not covered by this quality standard.