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  1. Stroke in adults (QS2)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing stroke in adults (over 16). It includes diagnosis, initial management, acute-phase care, rehabilitation and long-term support for people with stroke. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  2. Colorectal cancer (QS20)

    This quality standard covers managing colorectal (bowel) cancer in adults (aged 18 and over). It includes managing local disease and secondary tumours (metastatic disease). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  3. Supporting adult carers (QS200)

    This quality standard covers the provision of support for adults aged 18 or over who provide unpaid care for 1 or more people aged 16 or over with health and social care needs. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  4. Meningitis (bacterial) and meningococcal septicaemia in children and young people (QS19)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing bacterial meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia in children and young people (under 16). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  5. Abortion care (QS199)

    This quality standard covers care for women of any age (including girls and young women under 18) who request an abortion. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  6. Specialist neonatal respiratory care for babies born preterm (QS193)

    This quality standard covers neonatal respiratory support in hospital for babies born preterm (before 37 weeks of pregnancy). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  7. Decision making and mental capacity (QS194)

    This quality standard covers decision making in people aged 16 and over, using health and social care services who may lack capacity to make their own decisions (now or in the future). It aims to support implementation of the aims and principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and relevant Codes of Practice. It is not a substitute for these.

  8. Renal and ureteric stones (QS195)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing renal and ureteric stones in children, young people and adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  9. Community pharmacies: promoting health and wellbeing (QS196)

    This quality standard covers how community pharmacies can support the health and wellbeing of the local population. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  10. Faltering growth (QS197)

    This quality standard covers recognising and managing faltering growth in babies (aged up to 1 year) and preschool children (aged over 1 year). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  11. Suspected neurological conditions: recognition and referral (QS198)

    This quality standard covers assessing and referring children (under 16) and adults (16 and over) who have symptoms or signs associated with neurological conditions. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  12. Preventing unintentional injury in under 15s (QS107)

    This quality standard covers preventing unintentional injury in children and young people (under 15). It includes local coordination of prevention strategies, and advice and assessment to help prevent accidents in the home. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  13. Multiple sclerosis (QS108)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults. It includes care, support and review for people with MS. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  14. Bladder cancer (QS106)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing bladder cancer in adults (aged 18 and over) referred from primary care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  15. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults (QS10)

    This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  16. Cardiovascular risk assessment and lipid modification (QS100)

    This quality standard covers identifying and assessing cardiovascular risk in adults (aged 18 and over) and treatment to prevent cardiovascular disease. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  17. Learning disability: behaviour that challenges (QS101)

    This quality standard covers care and support and services for children, young people and adults with a learning disability (or a learning disability and autism) and behaviour that challenges, and their families and carers. It describes high quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  18. Bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people (QS102)

    This quality standard covers recognition, early intervention and long-term management of bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people (under 18). It also includes support for parents and carers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  19. Acute heart failure (QS103)

    This quality standard covers the care of adults (aged 18 and over) with suspected or confirmed acute heart failure. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  20. Gallstone disease (QS104)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing gallstones in adults. It also includes managing complications of gallstones, such as an inflamed or infected gallbladder (cholecystitis), blocked and infected bile ducts (cholangitis), and an inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  21. Self‑harm (QS34)

    This quality standard covers the initial management of self-harm and the provision of longer-term support for children and young people (aged 8 to 18) and adults (aged 18 and over) who self-harm. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  22. Urinary tract infection in children and young people (QS36)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing urinary tract infection in infants, children and young people (under 16). It includes new and recurrent infections of the upper or lower urinary tract. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  23. Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding in adults (QS38)

    This quality standard covers the management of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding in adults and young people (aged 16 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  24. Caesarean birth (QS32)

    This quality standard covers the care of women who are considering having or may need to have a caesarean birth, including those who have had a caesarean birth in the past. It includes decision making, reducing the risk of complications and care after a caesarean birth. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  25. Drug use disorders in adults (QS23)

    This quality standard covers assessment and treatment of drug use disorders in adults (aged 18 and over). It includes treating the misuse of opioids, cannabis, stimulants and other drugs in all settings, including inpatient and specialist residential and community-based treatment settings, and prison services. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  26. Epilepsy in adults (QS26)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing, treating and managing epilepsy and seizures in adults (aged 18 and older). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  27. Epilepsy in children and young people (QS27)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing, treating and managing epilepsy and seizures in children and young people (under 18). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  28. Hypertension in adults (QS28)

    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.

  29. Nutrition support in adults (QS24)

    This quality standard covers care for adults (aged 18 and over) who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition in hospital or in the community. It includes identifying people at risk of malnutrition and providing nutrition support, including dietary changes and artificial nutrition support given through feeding tubes (enteral nutrition) or directly into a vein (parenteral nutrition). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  30. Postnatal care (QS37)

    This quality standard covers routine postnatal care for women and their babies (and their partners and families, if appropriate). This includes feeding support, advice on safe sleeping, and recognising and managing health problems in women and their babies. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  31. Peripheral arterial disease (QS52)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing lower limb peripheral arterial disease in adults (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  32. Anxiety disorders (QS53)

    This quality standard covers identifying and managing anxiety disorders in adults, young people and children in primary, secondary and community care. It covers a range of anxiety disorders, including generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  33. Faecal incontinence in adults (QS54)

    This quality standard covers managing faecal (bowel) incontinence in adults (aged 18 and over) in the community (at home and in care homes) and in all hospital departments. It includes assessment of bowel control problems, advice and support, and treatment options. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  34. Psoriasis (QS40)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing psoriasis in adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  35. Familial hypercholesterolaemia (QS41)

    This quality standard covers identifying and managing familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) in children, young people and adults. FH is a type of high cholesterol that runs in families and increases the risk of heart disease. The quality standard describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  36. Headaches in over 12s (QS42)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing common types of headache in adults and young people (aged 12 and over). It includes tension-type headache, migraine, cluster headache and medication overuse headache. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  37. Surgical site infection (QS49)

    This quality standard covers preventing and treating surgical site infections. It covers adults, young people and children having a surgical procedure that involves a cut to the skin in all healthcare settings. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  38. Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes (QS50)

    This quality standard covers the mental wellbeing of older people (aged 65 and over) receiving care in care homes (including residential and nursing accommodation, day care and respite care). It focuses on support for people to improve their mental wellbeing so that they can stay as well and independent as possible. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  39. Autism (QS51)

    This quality standard covers health and social care services for adults, young people and children with autism. It includes assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, and care and support for people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  40. Heavy menstrual bleeding (QS47)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), including suspected or confirmed fibroids and adenomyosis. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  41. Depression in children and young people (QS48)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing depression in children and young people (aged 5 to 18). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  42. Lower urinary tract symptoms in men (QS45)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing lower urinary tract symptoms in men (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  43. Atopic eczema in under 12s (QS44)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing atopic eczema in children under 12. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  44. Alcohol: preventing harmful use in the community (QS83)

    This quality standard covers preventing and identifying alcohol problems in the community. It includes policy and practice approaches to prevent harmful alcohol use in adults, young people and children. It is particularly relevant to local authorities, the police, and schools and colleges. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  45. Bedwetting in children and young people (QS70)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) in children and young people (aged 18 and under). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  46. Transient loss of consciousness ('blackouts') in over 16s (QS71)

    This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and referring people (aged 16 and over) who have had a transient loss of consciousness (often called a blackout). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  47. Acute kidney injury (QS76)

    This quality standard covers preventing, detecting and managing acute kidney injury in adults, young people and children. Acute kidney injury is sudden damage to the kidneys, which can sometimes result in kidney failure. The quality standard includes assessment by non-specialists and when to refer to specialist services. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  48. Urinary incontinence in women (QS77)

    This quality standard covers managing urinary incontinence in women (aged 18 and over). It covers assessment, care and treatment options. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  49. Sarcoma (QS78)

    This quality standard covers providing and organising services for people with sarcoma. It includes pathways for referral and diagnosis, treatment and support for adults, young people and children with sarcoma. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  50. Depression in adults (QS8)

    This quality standard covers the clinical assessment and management of depression in adults (aged 18 and over). It includes adults with persistent subthreshold depressive symptoms or mild, moderate or severe depression, including those who also have a chronic physical health problem. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.