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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Fertility problems (QS73)

    This quality standard covers assessing and treating fertility problems in people with explained and unexplained infertility, including access to IVF treatment. It also covers cryopreservation before cancer treatment that may affect fertility. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. Osteoarthritis (QS87)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing, assessing and managing osteoarthritis in adults. It includes treatment and support, and referral for joint surgery. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.