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  1. 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.

  2. Smoking: reducing and preventing tobacco use (QS82)

    This quality standard covers reducing and preventing tobacco use in adults, young people and children. It includes interventions to discourage people from taking up smoking, tobacco control strategies and smokefree policies. It is particularly relevant to local authorities, schools and colleges, employers and NHS service providers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Renal replacement therapy services for adults (QS72)

    This quality standard covers renal replacement therapy services for adults with kidney failure. It includes treatment options, such as dialysis and kidney transplant. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  6. Fertility problems (QS73)

    This quality standard covers assessing and treating fertility problems in people with explained and unexplained infertility, including access to IVF treatment. It also covers cryopreservation before cancer treatment that may affect fertility. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in adults (QS79)

    This quality standard covers managing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (gradual scarring of the lungs) in adults. It includes diagnosis by a multidisciplinary team, managing symptoms and palliative care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  10. 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.

  11. Osteoarthritis (QS87)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing, assessing and managing osteoarthritis in adults. It includes treatment and support, and referral for joint surgery. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  12. Antenatal and postnatal mental health (QS115)

    This quality standard covers recognising, assessing and treating mental health problems in women planning, during or after pregnancy (up to a year after childbirth). It also covers the organisation of mental health services for women during and after pregnancy. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  13. Service user experience in adult mental health services (QS14)

    This quality standard covers improving the experience of people using adult NHS mental health services. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  14. Jaundice in newborn babies under 28 days (QS57)

    This quality standard covers recognising and managing jaundice in newborn babies (neonatal jaundice), from birth to 28 days, in primary care (including community care) and secondary care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  15. Fever in under 5s (QS64)

    This quality standard covers the assessment and early management of fever with no obvious cause in babies and children (from birth to 5 years). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  16. Hepatitis B (QS65)

    This quality standard covers testing, diagnosing and managing hepatitis B in adults, young people and children (from birth). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  17. 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.

  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. Obesity in adults: prevention and lifestyle weight management programmes (QS111)

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

  20. Gastro-oesophageal reflux in children and young people (QS112)

    This quality standard covers managing symptoms of reflux (regurgitation or bringing up feeds) in babies, children and young people (under 18). It also covers diagnosing and managing gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (also called GORD), which is more severe reflux and heartburn. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  21. Preventing excess winter deaths and illness associated with cold homes (QS117)

    This quality standard covers reducing the health risks (including preventable deaths) associated with cold homes. It includes identifying people at risk who are particularly vulnerable to the cold, such as young children, older people, and people with cardiovascular disease or mental health problems. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  22. Infection prevention and control (QS61)

    This quality standard covers preventing and controlling infection in adults, young people and children receiving healthcare in primary, community and secondary care settings. It includes preventing healthcare-associated infections that develop because of treatment or from being in a healthcare setting. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  23. Cancer services for children and young people (QS55)

    This quality standard covers providing and organising cancer services for babies, children and young people (from birth to 24 years, although the upper age limit may vary). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  24. Intravenous fluid therapy in adults in hospital (QS66)

    This quality standard covers managing intravenous (IV) fluid therapy safely and effectively for adults in hospital. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  25. Varicose veins in the legs (QS67)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing varicose veins in the legs of adults (aged 18 and over). It includes referral for specialist assessment and treatment options. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  26. Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage (QS69)

    This quality standard covers the diagnosis and initial management of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage in women in their first trimester (up to 13 completed weeks of pregnancy). It includes assessment and diagnosis for women with suspected early pregnancy loss. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  27. Antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people (QS59)

    This quality standard covers recognising and managing antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  28. Metastatic spinal cord compression in adults (QS56)

    This quality standard covers early detection, diagnosis and management of metastatic spinal cord compression in adults (aged 18 and over) with cancer that has spread to the spine. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  29. 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.

  30. Ovarian cancer (QS18)

    This quality standard covers the recognition and initial management of ovarian cancer. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. Healthcare-associated infections (QS113)

    This quality standard covers preventing and controlling infections in hospitals and other secondary care settings that develop because of treatment or from being in a healthcare setting (healthcare-associated infections). It includes monitoring, responsibilities, and policies and procedures in secondary care organisations to reduce the risk of infection in patients, staff and visitors. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. Intrapartum care (QS105)

    This quality standard covers the care of women and their babies during labour and immediately after the birth. It covers women who go into labour at term, and includes women at low risk of complications during labour and those who go on to develop complications. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. Hip fracture in adults (QS16)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing hip fracture in adults (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  46. Patient experience in adult NHS services (QS15)

    This quality standard covers improving the quality of the patient experience for people who use adult NHS services. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  47. Urinary tract infections in adults (QS90)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing urinary tract infection in adults (aged 16 and over), including adults using urinary catheters. It includes assessment, antibiotic treatment and referral for specialist assessment. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. Venous thromboembolism in adults: reducing the risk in hospital (QS3)

    This quality standard covers reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adults who are in hospital. VTE includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. It covers people admitted as inpatients and those admitted to a hospital bed as day-case patients, including women who are pregnant and women after childbirth. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.