Quality standard

Using the quality standard

Quality measures

The quality measures accompanying the quality statements aim to improve the structure, process and outcomes of care in areas identified as needing quality improvement. They are not a new set of targets or mandatory indicators for performance management.

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

Levels of achievement

Expected levels of achievement for quality measures are not specified. Quality standards are intended to drive up the quality of care, and so achievement levels of 100% should be aspired to (or 0% if the quality statement states that something should not be done). However, this may not always be appropriate in practice. Taking account of safety, shared decision-making, choice and professional judgement, desired levels of achievement should be defined locally.

Improving outcomes

The quality standard is expected to contribute to improvements in the following outcomes:

  • cardiovascular health

  • excess weight in adults

  • excess weight in children and young people under 18¬†years

  • mental health

  • physically active adults

  • physically active children

  • self-reported wellbeing

  • social isolation

  • use of outdoor space for exercise and health reasons.

It is also expected to support delivery of the Department of Health outcome frameworks:

Using other national guidance and policy documents

Other national guidance and current policy documents have been referenced during the development of this quality standard. It is important that the quality standard is considered alongside the documents listed in development sources.