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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.

Quality standard Published September 2013 Last updated March 2018

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.

Quality standard Published April 2014

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

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

Inflammatory bowel disease (QS81)

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) in adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published February 2015

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.

Quality standard Published March 2015

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

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.

Quality standard Published September 2014

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.

Quality standard Published September 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

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

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

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.

Quality standard Published January 2015

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.

Quality standard Published January 2015

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

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

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

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

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.

Quality standard Published February 2012 Last updated July 2019

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

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

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

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.

Quality standard Published May 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

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.

Quality standard Published September 2015

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.

Quality standard Published October 2014

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.

Quality standard Published November 2014 Last updated October 2018

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.

Quality standard Published June 2015

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.

Quality standard Published December 2014

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

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

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

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.

Quality standard Published July 2015 Last updated February 2018

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

Medicines management in care homes (QS85)

This quality standard covers managing medicines safely and effectively in care homes. It includes processes for prescribing, handling and administering medicines for adults, young people, and children living in care homes. It also includes providing care and support relating to medicines. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published March 2015

Falls in older people (QS86)

This quality standard covers prevention of falls and assessment after a fall in older people (aged 65 and over) who are living in the community or staying in hospital. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published March 2015 Last updated January 2017

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

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.

Quality standard Published November 2012

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

Looked-after children and young people (QS31)

This quality standard covers the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people (from birth to 18 years) and care leavers (including young people planning to leave care or under leaving care provisions). It is for all settings and services that work with and care for looked-after children and young people, wherever they are living (for example, with family or friends, with foster families or in residential care). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published April 2013

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.

Quality standard Published June 2010 Last updated April 2016

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.

Quality standard Published February 2013

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

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.

Quality standard Published June 2013

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.

Quality standard Published July 2013 Last updated July 2019

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.

Quality standard Published February 2013