This quality standard covers adults with rehabilitation needs as a result of critical illness that required level 2 or level 3 critical care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover conditions for which published quality standards already include specialist rehabilitation after a critical care stay – such as head injury, myocardial infarction and stroke.

Keeping quality standards up to date

This quality standard is reviewed each year and updated if needed.

Next review: August 2018.

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards