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  1. Multiple pregnancy: twin and triplet pregnancies (QS46)

    This quality standard covers the additional antenatal care for women who are pregnant with twins or triplets that is offered alongside routine antenatal care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  2. Suicide prevention (QS189)

    This quality standard covers ways to reduce suicide and help people bereaved or affected by suicide. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  3. Lyme disease (QS186)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing Lyme disease in people of all ages. It also includes raising public awareness about prevention. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Osteoporosis (QS149)

    This quality standard covers managing osteoporosis in adults (aged 18 and over), including assessing risk and preventing fragility fractures. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Medicines management for people receiving social care in the community (QS171)

    This quality standard covers assessing if people need help with their medicines and deciding what medicines support is needed to enable people to manage their medicines. It also includes communication between health and social care staff, to ensure people have the medicines support they need. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Sexual health (QS178)

    This quality standard covers sexual health, focusing on preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  21. Learning disability: care and support of people growing older (QS187)

    This quality standard covers identifying, assessing and regularly reviewing the care and support needs of people with a learning disability as they grow older. People with a learning disability have many of the same age-related health and social care needs as other people, but this quality standard focuses on the specific challenges associated with their learning disability. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  22. Dementia (QS184)

    This quality standard covers preventing dementia, and assessment, management and health and social care support for people with dementia. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. Suspected cancer (QS124)

    This quality standard covers the investigation and recognition of suspected cancer, and referral to specialist cancer services for adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. Multiple sclerosis (QS108)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults. It includes care, support and review for people with MS. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  46. Bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people (QS102)

    This quality standard covers recognition, early intervention and long-term management of bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people (under 18). It also includes support for parents and carers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  47. Jaundice in newborn babies under 28 days (QS57)

    This quality standard covers recognising and managing jaundice in newborn babies (neonatal jaundice), from birth to 28 days, in primary care (including community care) and secondary care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  48. Fever in under 5s (QS64)

    This quality standard covers the assessment and early management of fever with no obvious cause in babies and children (from birth to 5 years). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  49. Hepatitis B (QS65)

    This quality standard covers testing, diagnosing and managing hepatitis B in adults, young people and children (from birth). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  50. 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.