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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Heavy menstrual bleeding (QS47)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing heavy menstrual bleeding (also called menorrhagia or heavy periods). It includes assessment, diagnosis, and drug and surgical treatment options, including treatments for uterine fibroids associated with heavy menstrual bleeding. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Smoking: supporting people to stop (QS43)

    This quality standard covers support for people to stop smoking. It includes referral to stop smoking services and treatments to help people to stop smoking. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Hypertension in pregnancy (QS35)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing hypertension (high blood pressure) and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, labour and birth. It also covers advice for women with hypertension who may become pregnant and postnatal care for women who have had hypertension or pre-eclampsia. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Pressure ulcers (QS89)

    This quality standard covers preventing, assessing and managing pressure ulcers (bed sores) in adults, young people and children. It includes risk assessment and support to prevent pressure ulcers. It applies to all settings, including hospitals, care homes (with and without nursing care) and people’s own homes.

  18. Dyspepsia and gastro‑oesophageal reflux disease in adults (QS96)

    This quality standard covers investigating and managing symptoms of dyspepsia (indigestion) and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (heartburn or reflux) in adults (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  19. Drug allergy (QS97)

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

  20. Smoking: harm reduction (QS92)

    This quality standard covers ways of reducing harm from smoking. It includes advice on supporting people who do not want to give up smoking in one step. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  21. Atrial fibrillation (QS93)

    This quality standard covers identifying and managing atrial fibrillation (including paroxysmal, persistent and permanent atrial fibrillation, and atrial flutter) in adults (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  22. Obesity in children and young people: prevention and lifestyle weight management programmes (QS94)

    This quality standard covers preventing children and young people (under 18) from becoming overweight or obese, including strategies to increase physical activity and promote a healthy diet in the local population. It also covers lifestyle weight management programmes for children and young people who are overweight or obese. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  23. Bipolar disorder in adults (QS95)

    This quality standard covers recognising, assessing and managing bipolar disorder in adults (aged 18 and over) in primary and secondary care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  24. Diabetes in adults (QS6)

    This quality standard covers care and treatment for adults with diabetes. It includes preventing type 2 diabetes, managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes, diabetes-related foot care and diabetes education programmes. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  25. 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.

  26. Personality disorders: borderline and antisocial (QS88)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing borderline and antisocial personality disorders. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  27. Venous thromboembolism in adults: diagnosis and management (QS29)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and treating venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adults. VTE includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  28. Inducing labour (QS60)

    This quality standard covers the induction of labour in hospital outpatient or inpatient settings. It includes advice and care for pregnant women who are considering or having induction of labour. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  29. Physical activity: for NHS staff, patients and carers (QS84)

    This quality standard covers encouraging physical activity in people of all ages who are in contact with the NHS, including staff, patients and carers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Learning disability: identifying and managing mental health problems (QS142)

    This quality standard covers the prevention, assessment and management of mental health problems in people with learning disabilities in all settings (including health, social care, education, and forensic and criminal justice). It also covers family members, carers and care workers.

  34. Irritable bowel syndrome in adults (QS114)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing irritable bowel syndrome in adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  35. Physical activity: encouraging activity in the community (QS183)

    This quality standard covers how local strategy, policy and planning and improvements to the built or natural physical environment such as public open spaces, workplaces and schools can encourage and support people of all ages and all abilities to be physically active and move more. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  36. Promoting health and preventing premature mortality in black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups (QS167)

    This quality standard covers promoting health and preventing premature mortality among black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups. It is relevant to all age groups and all settings.

  37. Skin cancer (QS130)

    This quality standard covers preventing, assessing, diagnosing and managing skin cancer (malignant melanoma and non-melanoma). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  38. Neonatal infection (QS75)

    This quality standard covers preventing infection in newborn babies, treating pregnant women whose babies are at risk of infection, and treating newborn babies with suspected or confirmed infection. It includes when to give antibiotics to prevent and treat neonatal infection. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  39. Prostate cancer (QS91)

    This quality standard covers managing prostate cancer in people referred to secondary care or having follow-up for prostate cancer in primary care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  40. 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.

  41. Diabetes in pregnancy (QS109)

    This quality standard covers managing diabetes and its complications in women who are planning pregnancy or are already pregnant. It includes care for women with pre-existing diabetes before and during pregnancy, and diagnosis and management of gestational diabetes. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  42. Intrapartum care: existing medical conditions and obstetric complications (QS192)

    This quality standard covers care during labour and birth for women who need extra support because they have a medical condition or complications in their current or previous pregnancy. It also covers women who have had no antenatal care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover the antenatal and postnatal care of pregnant women with mental health conditions, hypertension in pregnancy, diabetes in pregnancy or the organisation of care for pregnant women with complex social factors.

  43. 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.

  44. End of life care for adults (QS13)

    This quality standard covers care for adults (aged 18 and over) who are approaching the end of their life. This includes people who are likely to die within 12 months, people with advanced, progressive, incurable conditions and people with life-threatening acute conditions. It also covers support for their families and carers. It includes care provided by health and social care staff in all settings. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  45. 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.

  46. Secondary prevention after a myocardial infarction (QS99)

    This quality standard covers preventing further cardiovascular disease after a myocardial infarction (heart attack). It includes assessment and cardiac rehabilitation. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  47. Alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis and management (QS11)

    This quality standard covers identifying and supporting adults and young people (aged 10 and over) who may have an alcohol problem, and caring for people with alcohol-related health problems, such as alcohol dependence or Wernicke's encephalopathy. It also covers support for their families and carers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  48. Constipation in children and young people (QS62)

    This quality standard covers the diagnosis and management of constipation of unknown cause in babies, children and young people (from birth to 18 years). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.