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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.

Quality standard Published April 2014

Delirium in adults (QS63)

This quality standard covers the prevention, diagnosis and management of delirium in adults (aged 18 and over) in hospital or long-term care settings (such as residential care or nursing homes). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published July 2014

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.

Quality standard Published July 2014

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.

Quality standard Published August 2014

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.

Quality standard Published August 2014

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.

Quality standard Published February 2014

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.

Quality standard Published February 2014

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.

Quality standard Published September 2013

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.

Quality standard Published July 2015

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.

Quality standard Published July 2015

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.

Quality standard Published January 2015

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.

Quality standard Published March 2011

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.

Quality standard Published March 2015

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.

Quality standard Published March 2013 Last updated September 2015

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.

Quality standard Published June 2010 Last updated March 2018

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.

Quality standard Published March 2013 Last updated April 2016

Caesarean section (QS32)

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

Quality standard Published June 2013

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.

Quality standard Published July 2013 Last updated September 2017

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.

Quality standard Published January 2016

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.

Quality standard Published February 2016

Breast cancer (QS12)

This quality standard covers the care of people with breast cancer after they have been referred to a specialist team. It includes the management of early (ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive), locally advanced and advanced breast cancer; recurrent breast cancer; and familial breast cancer. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published September 2011 Last updated June 2016

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.

Quality standard Published July 2013 Last updated June 2015

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.

Quality standard Published August 2013

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.

Quality standard Published August 2013

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.

Quality standard Published August 2013

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.

Quality standard Published January 2016

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.

Quality standard Published February 2016

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.

Quality standard Published June 2012

Colorectal cancer (QS20)

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing colorectal (bowel) cancer in adults (aged 18 and over). It includes diagnosis and staging, managing local and metastatic disease, and follow-up and surveillance after treatment. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published August 2012

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.

Quality standard Published November 2012

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.

Quality standard Published March 2012 Last updated May 2017

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.

Quality standard Published December 2015

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.

Quality standard Published January 2016

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.

Quality standard Published January 2016

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.

Quality standard Published October 2015 Last updated July 2019

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.

Quality standard Published December 2015 Last updated February 2017

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.

Quality standard Published October 2015

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.

Quality standard Published March 2016

Domestic violence and abuse (QS116)

This quality standard covers services for domestic violence and abuse in adults and young people (aged 16 and over). It includes identifying and supporting people experiencing domestic violence or abuse, as well as support for those who carry it out. It also covers children and young people (under 16) who are affected by domestic violence or abuse that is not carried out against them. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published February 2016

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.

Quality standard Published February 2016

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.

Quality standard Published December 2011 Last updated July 2019

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.

Quality standard Published November 2011 Last updated March 2017

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.

Quality standard Published January 2016

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.

Quality standard Published August 2011

Children's attachment (QS133)

This quality standard covers identifying, assessing and treating attachment difficulties in children and young people (under 18). It focuses on children and young people at high risk of going into care, looked after by local authorities in foster homes, in special guardianship, adopted from care, and those in residential settings and other accommodation. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published October 2016