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 recognition, assessment and management of bipolar disorder (including bipolar I, bipolar II, mixed affective and rapid cycling disorder) in adults (18 years and older) in primary and secondary care. For more information see the topic overview.

Bipolar disorder in children and young people is covered by the quality standard on bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people.

February 2016: Statement 6 on valproate was removed and updated by a new statement on valproate in the NICE quality standard for antenatal and postnatal mental health.