Using the quality standard

Using the quality standard

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

NICE quality standards are not mandatory. They can be used for a wide range of purposes both locally and nationally, to improve outcomes, including to:

  • improve quality in practice and outcomes

  • support the provision of care that has been shown to work and to be cost effective

  • increase the national consistency of social care provision

  • support the development of inter-agency and inter-professional working.

  • demonstrate to people with dementia what they can expect from high-quality care.

Information for the public about the quality standard is also available.

The quality measures accompanying the quality statements aim to improve the structure, process and outcomes of care for people with dementia. 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, so achievement levels of 100% should be aspired to for quantitative measures where numerators and denominators are given. However, NICE recognises that this may not always be appropriate in practice when taking account of safety, choice and professional judgement and so desired levels of achievement should be defined locally.

For further information, including guidance on using quality measures, please see how to use quality standards.