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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Specialist neonatal respiratory care for babies born preterm (QS193)

    This quality standard covers neonatal respiratory support in hospital for babies born preterm (before 37 weeks of pregnancy). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  11. 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.

  12. Liver disease (QS152)

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Parkinson's disease (QS164)

    This quality standard covers the management of Parkinson’s disease in adults. It does not include treatment of parkinsonism not caused by Parkinson’s disease. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health (QS181)

    This quality standard covers road-traffic-related air pollution and its impact on health. It describes high-quality actions in priority areas for improvement.

  19. Emergency and acute medical care in over 16s (QS174)

    This quality standard covers the organisation and delivery of emergency and acute medical care in the community and in hospital. It covers adults (16 and over) who seek, or are referred for, emergency NHS care for a suspected or confirmed acute medical emergency. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Mental health of adults in contact with the criminal justice system (QS163)

    This quality standard covers recognising, assessing and managing mental health problems in adults (aged 18 and over) who are in contact with the criminal justice system (this includes police contact, court and prison custody, street triage, liaison and diversion services, and probation services). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  23. Violent and aggressive behaviours in people with mental health problems (QS154)

    This quality standard covers short-term prevention and management of violent and physically threatening behaviour among adults, children and young people with a mental health problem. It applies to settings where mental health, health and social care services are provided. This includes community settings and care received at home. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  24. Rehabilitation after critical illness in adults (QS158)

    This quality standard covers adults with rehabilitation needs as a result of critical illness that required level 2 or level 3 critical care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  25. Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse (QS188)

    This quality standard covers the assessment, management and care provided for people aged 14 and over who have coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  26. 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.

  27. Child abuse and neglect (QS179)

    This quality standard covers recognising, assessing and responding to abuse and neglect of children and young people under 18. It covers physical, sexual and emotional abuse. This quality standard describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  28. Hearing loss in adults (QS185)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing hearing loss in adults (aged 18 and over). It includes people presenting with hearing loss for the first time in adulthood whether it started in adulthood or earlier. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  29. 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.

  30. Rheumatoid arthritis in over 16s (QS33)

    This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing rheumatoid arthritis in over 16s. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  31. 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.

  32. Oesophago-gastric cancer (QS176)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing oesophago-gastric cancer in adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  33. Endometriosis (QS172)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing endometriosis in women, including young women aged 17 and under. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  34. People's experience using adult social care services (QS182)

    This quality standard covers the experience of adults using social care services. It applies to all settings where people use social care services, including people's own homes, residential care and community settings. Its aim is to help people understand what care they can expect and to improve their experience by supporting them to make decisions about their care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  35. 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.

  36. Cerebral palsy in adults (QS191)

    This quality standard covers care and support for adults with cerebral palsy (aged 25 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  37. 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.

  38. Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s (QS155)

    This quality standard covers the assessment and management of non-specific low back pain and sciatica in young people and adults aged 16 years and over. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  39. Haematological cancers (QS150)

    This quality standard covers diagnostic reporting and the organisation of haematological cancer services for people of all ages (children, adults and young people) and managing haematological cancers in adults and young people (aged 16 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  40. 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.

  41. Contraception (QS129)

    This quality standard covers contraception for women, including emergency contraception. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  42. Serious eye disorders (QS180)

    This quality standard covers the diagnosis and management of cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the prevention of sight loss. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  43. Maternal and child nutrition (QS98)

    This quality standard covers improving nutrition for women who are planning to become pregnant, pregnant women, and babies and children under 5 and their mothers and carers. It focuses on low-income and disadvantaged families. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  44. Perioperative care

    In development [GID-QS10094] Expected publication date: TBC