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

We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards