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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding in adults (QS38)

    This quality standard covers the management of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding in adults and young people (aged 16 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Surgical site infection (QS49)

    This quality standard covers preventing and treating surgical site infections. It covers adults, young people and children having a surgical procedure that involves a cut to the skin in all healthcare settings. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  7. Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes (QS50)

    This quality standard covers the mental wellbeing of older people (aged 65 and over) receiving care in care homes (including residential and nursing accommodation, day care and respite care). It focuses on support for people to improve their mental wellbeing so that they can stay as well and independent as possible. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  8. Autism (QS51)

    This quality standard covers health and social care services for adults, young people and children with autism. It includes assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, and care and support for people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  9. Lower urinary tract symptoms in men (QS45)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing lower urinary tract symptoms in men (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Headaches in over 12s (QS42)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing common types of headache in adults and young people (aged 12 and over). It includes tension-type headache, migraine, cluster headache and medication overuse headache. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  13. 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.

  14. Peripheral arterial disease (QS52)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing lower limb peripheral arterial disease in adults (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  15. 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.

  16. Atopic eczema in under 12s (QS44)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing atopic eczema in children under 12. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  17. 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.

  18. Gallstone disease (QS104)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing gallstones in adults. It also includes managing complications of gallstones, such as an inflamed or infected gallbladder (cholecystitis), blocked and infected bile ducts (cholangitis), and an inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. Bladder cancer (QS106)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing bladder cancer in adults (aged 18 and over) referred from primary care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.