Quality standard

Using the quality standard

Using the quality standard

The quality measures accompanying the quality standard, 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. As quality standards are intended to drive up the quality of care, achievement levels of 100% should be aspired to (or 0% if the quality statement states that something should not be done). However, we recognise that this may not always be appropriate in practice, taking into account 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 (developed at each meeting of the Topic Expert Group) are published on the NICE website.

Good communication between health and social care professionals and people with colorectal cancer 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. People with colorectal cancer should have access to an interpreter or advocate if needed.