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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Abortion care (QS199)

    This quality standard covers care for women of any age (including girls and young women under 18) who request an abortion. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  10. Acute coronary syndromes in adults (QS68)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing acute coronary syndromes in adults (aged 18 and over). Acute coronary syndromes are medical emergencies that include myocardial infarction (heart attack) and unstable angina (unexpected, severe chest pain). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  11. Suspected neurological conditions: recognition and referral (QS198)

    This quality standard covers assessing and referring children (under 16) and adults (16 and over) who have symptoms or signs associated with neurological conditions. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults (QS80)

    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.

  16. Early years: promoting health and wellbeing in under 5s (QS128)

    This quality standard covers services to support the health, and social and emotional wellbeing of children under 5, including vulnerable children who may need extra support. It includes health visitor services, childcare and early years education, and early intervention services in children’s social care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  17. Obesity: clinical assessment and management (QS127)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing obesity in adults, young people and children, including referral for specialist care and bariatric (weight loss) surgery. It includes people who are obese and have, or are at risk of, other medical conditions. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  18. Motor neurone disease (QS126)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing motor neurone disease, including care, support and planning after diagnosis. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  19. Diabetes in children and young people (QS125)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and young people (under 18). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  20. Suspected cancer (QS124)

    This quality standard covers care and support for older people living in their own homes (known as home care or domiciliary care). It covers people aged over 65 using home care services, and may also cover some people under 65 with complex needs. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  21. Home care for older people (QS123)

    This quality standard covers care and support for older people living in their own homes (known as home care or domiciliary care). It covers people aged over 65 using home care services, and may also cover some people under 65 with complex needs. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  22. Bronchiolitis in children (QS122)

    This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing bronchiolitis in children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  23. Antimicrobial stewardship (QS121)

    This quality standard covers the effective use of antimicrobial medicines (including antibiotics) to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance, which is when antimicrobial medicines lose their effectiveness. It covers all settings and all types of antimicrobials for treating bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  24. Medicines optimisation (QS120)

    This quality standard covers the safe and effective use of medicines. It covers people of all ages who are taking medicines, including those who are not getting the full benefit from their medicines. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  25. Anaphylaxis (QS119)

    This quality standard covers care after emergency treatment for suspected anaphylaxis, including assessment and referral to specialist allergy services. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  26. Food allergy (QS118)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing, assessing and managing food allergy in children and young people (under 19) and adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  27. Healthy workplaces: improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing (QS147)

    This quality standard covers the health and wellbeing of all employees, including their mental health. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover managing long-term sickness absence.

  28. Head and neck cancer (QS146)

    This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing head and neck cancer, including cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract in people aged 16 and over. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  29. Vaccine uptake in under 19s (QS145)

    This quality standard covers increasing vaccine uptake among children and young people aged under 19 in groups and settings that have low immunisation coverage. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  30. Care of dying adults in the last days of life (QS144)

    This quality standard covers the clinical care of adults (aged 18 and over) who are dying, during the last 2 to 3 days of life. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  31. Menopause (QS143)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing menopause in women, including women who have premature ovarian insufficiency (menopause before the age of 40, which can occur naturally or as a result of medical or surgical treatment). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  32. 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.

  33. Tuberculosis (QS141)

    This quality standard covers preventing, identifying and managing latent and active tuberculosis (TB) in children, young people and adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover areas of national policy, such as the UK Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) immunisation programme.

  34. Transition from children's to adults' services (QS140)

    This quality standard covers the period before, during and after a young person moves from children's to adults' services in all settings where transitions from children’s to adults’ health or social care services take place. It covers all young people (aged up to 25) using children’s health and social care services who are due to make the transition to adults’ services. This includes young people with mental health problems, disabilities and long-term, life-limiting or complex needs, and those in secure settings or under the care of local authorities. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  35. Oral health promotion in the community (QS139)

    This quality standard covers activities undertaken by local authorities and general dental practices to improve oral health. It particularly focuses on people at high risk of poor oral health or who find it difficult to use dental services. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  36. Blood transfusion (QS138)

    This quality standard covers the general principles of blood transfusion in adults, young people and children over 1 year old. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover specific conditions that blood transfusion is used for.

  37. Mental wellbeing and independence for older people (QS137)

    This quality standard covers interventions to maintain and improve the mental wellbeing and independence of people aged 65 or older, and how to identify those at risk of a decline. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover the mental wellbeing and independence of people who live in a care home or attend one on a day-only basis.

  38. Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs (QS136)

    This quality standard covers admissions into, and discharge from, inpatient hospital settings for adults (aged 18 years and over) with social care needs. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover inpatient mental health settings, which will be covered by a quality standard on transition between inpatient mental health settings and community or care home settings .

  39. Preterm labour and birth (QS135)

    This quality standard covers care for pregnant women who may be at risk of, or have symptoms and signs of, starting labour and giving birth early (preterm). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  40. Coeliac disease (QS134)

    This quality standard covers recognising, assessing and managing coeliac disease in adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  41. Social care for older people with multiple long-term conditions (QS132)

    This quality standard covers the planning and delivery of social care and support for older people (aged 65 and over) with multiple long-term conditions. It includes people living in their own homes, in specialist settings or in care homes, both those who receive support with funding for their social care and those who do not. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  42. Intravenous fluid therapy in children and young people in hospital (QS131)

    This quality standard covers managing intravenous (IV) fluids safely and effectively for babies, children and young people (from birth to 16) in hospital. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  43. 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.

  44. Spondyloarthritis (QS170)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing spondyloarthritis in adults aged 16 and over. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  45. Lung cancer in adults (QS17)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing lung cancer in adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  46. Developmental follow-up of children and young people born preterm (QS169)

    This quality standard covers the developmental follow-up of babies, children and young people under 18 years who were born preterm (before 37+0 weeks of pregnancy). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  47. Cystic fibrosis (QS168)

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

  48. 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.

  49. Trauma (QS166)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing trauma (complex fractures, non-complex fractures, major trauma and spinal injury) in adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  50. Drug misuse prevention (QS165)

    This quality standard covers the prevention or delay of harmful use of drugs by children, young people and adults most likely to start using drugs, or already experimenting or using drugs occasionally. This includes illegal psychoactive substances, solvents, volatile substances, image- and performance-enhancing drugs, prescription-only medicines and over-the-counter medicines. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.