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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Pneumonia in adults (QS110)

    This quality standard covers care for adults (aged 18 and over) with suspected or confirmed pneumonia. It includes diagnosing and managing community-acquired pneumonia. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Flu vaccination: increasing uptake (QS190)

    This quality standard covers increasing the uptake of flu vaccination among people who are eligible. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Sickle cell disease (QS58)

    This quality standard covers managing acute painful episodes of sickle cell disease in hospital. It includes pain relief and care for children, young people and adults, from presentation in hospital until discharge. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. Chronic heart failure in adults (QS9)

    This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing chronic heart failure in adults (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. Antenatal care (QS22)

    This quality standard covers care for healthy women and their babies during pregnancy (up to 42 weeks). It covers routine antenatal care in primary, community and hospital settings. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  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.