NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the assessment, diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure in adults (18 and older). The diagnosis and management of acute heart failure is covered by NICE’s quality standard on acute heart failure in adults. For more information see the chronic heart failure topic overview.

This quality standard was previously called the chronic heart failure quality standard.

In February 2016, this quality standard was updated. New statements have been added on review after changes in medication and options for cardiac rehabilitation and all other quality statements have been updated.