Using the quality standard

It is important that the quality standard is considered alongside current policy and guidance documents listed in development sources.

Quality measures and national indicators

The quality measures accompanying the quality statements aim to improve the structure, process and outcomes of healthcare. They are not a new set of targets or mandatory indicators for performance management.

Expected levels of achievement for quality measures are not specified. Quality standards are intended to drive up the quality of care, and so aspirational achievement levels are likely to be 100% (or 0% if the quality statement states that something should not be done). However, it is recognised that this may not always be appropriate in practice taking account of patient safety, patient choice and clinical judgement and therefore desired levels of achievement should be defined locally.

See NICE's how to use quality standards for further information, including advice on using quality measures.

Diversity, equality and language

During the development of this quality standard, equality issues have been considered and equality assessments are published on the NICE website.

Good communication between healthcare professionals and children and young people with bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia, and their parents or carers, is essential. Treatment and care, and the information given about it, should be culturally appropriate. It should also be accessible to people with additional needs such as physical, sensory or learning disabilities, and to people who do not speak or read English. Children and young people with bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia, and their parents or carers, should have access to an interpreter or advocate if needed.