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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.

Quality standard Published March 2015

Physical activity: for NHS staff, patients and carers (QS84)

This quality standard covers encouraging physical activity in people of all ages who are in contact with the NHS, including staff, patients and carers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published March 2015

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.

Quality standard Published January 2016

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.

Quality standard Published October 2015 Last updated July 2019

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.

Quality standard Published December 2015 Last updated February 2017

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.

Quality standard Published October 2015

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.

Quality standard Published March 2016

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.

Quality standard Published February 2016

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.

Quality standard Published February 2016

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.

Quality standard Published November 2011 Last updated March 2017

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.

Quality standard Published September 2015

Dyspepsia and gastro‑oesophageal reflux disease in adults (QS96)

This quality standard covers investigating and managing symptoms of dyspepsia (indigestion) and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (heartburn or reflux) in adults (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published July 2015

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.

Quality standard Published December 2011 Last updated July 2019

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.

Quality standard Published October 2016

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.

Quality standard Published January 2016

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.

Quality standard Published February 2016

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.

Quality standard Published January 2016

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.

Quality standard Published August 2011

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.

Quality standard Published December 2015

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.

Quality standard Published January 2016

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.

Quality standard Published September 2019

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.

Quality standard Published August 2019

Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults (QS80)

This quality standard covers treating and managing psychosis and schizophrenia in adults (aged 18 and over) in primary, secondary and community care. It also includes support for the families and carers of people with psychosis or schizophrenia. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published February 2015

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.

Quality standard Published October 2014

Head injury (QS74)

This quality standard covers assessment, early management and rehabilitation following head injury in adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published October 2014

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.

Quality standard Published September 2018

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.

Quality standard Published July 2013 Last updated July 2019

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.

Quality standard Published September 2013 Last updated September 2019

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.

Quality standard Published July 2019

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.

Quality standard Published May 2018

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.

Quality standard Published June 2018

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.

Quality standard Published May 2018

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.

Quality standard Published May 2018

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.

Quality standard Published September 2017

HIV testing: encouraging uptake (QS157)

This quality standard covers interventions to improve the uptake of HIV testing among people who may have undiagnosed HIV. It focuses on increasing testing to reduce undiagnosed infection in people at increased risk of exposure. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published September 2017

Physical health of people in prisons (QS156)

This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing physical health problems of adults aged 18 years and older in prisons or young offender institutes. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published September 2017

Sepsis (QS161)

This quality standard covers the recognition, diagnosis and early management of sepsis for all populations. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published September 2017

End of life care for infants, children and young people (QS160)

This quality standard covers end of life care for infants, children and young people (from birth to 18 years) who have a life-limiting condition. Life-limiting conditions are those that are expected to result in an early death for the person. It also covers support for family members and carers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published September 2017

Transition between inpatient mental health settings and community or care home settings (QS159)

This quality standard covers transitions for children, young people and adults between mental health hospitals and their own homes, care homes or other community settings. It includes the period before, during and after a person is admitted to, and discharged from, a mental health hospital. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published September 2017

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.

Quality standard Published August 2018

Eating disorders (QS175)

This quality standard covers assessment, treatment, monitoring and care for children, young people and adults with an eating disorder. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published September 2018

Intermediate care including reablement (QS173)

This quality standard covers referral and assessment for intermediate care and how to deliver the service. It covers bed-based intermediate care, crisis response, home-based intermediate care and reablement. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover rehabilitation for specific conditions.

Quality standard Published August 2018

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.

Quality standard Published July 2018

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.

Quality standard Published March 2018

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.

Quality standard Published March 2018

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.

Quality standard Published April 2016