This NICE quality standard defines best practice within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.

The aim of this quality standard is to provide the NHS with clear commissioning guidance on the components of a good patient experience. The quality standard gives evidence-based statements for commissioners that provide the foundation for an ‘NHS cultural shift' towards a truly patient-centred service.

The quality standard covers improving the quality of the patient experience for people who use adult NHS services. It does not cover people using NHS services for mental health or the experiences of carers of people using NHS services. A separate quality standard (and guidance) has been developed for people using NHS mental health services.

This quality standard was previously called the quality standard for patient experience in adult NHS services.