This quality standard covers managing hypertension in adults. It includes diagnosis and investigations, treatment and specialist referral. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover treatment to prevent cardiovascular disease, which is covered in NICE’s quality standard for cardiovascular risk assessment and lipid modification.

In September 2015, changes were made to this quality standard to align it with related NICE quality standards. Statement 3 on statin therapy was removed and replaced by statements in the quality standard for cardiovascular risk assessment and lipid modification.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2016 and it is still up to date.

Next review: August 2017

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards