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Colorectal cancer (QS20)

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing colorectal (bowel) cancer in adults (aged 18 and over). It includes diagnosis and staging, managing local and metastatic disease, and follow-up and surveillance after treatment. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published August 2012

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.

Quality standard Published November 2012

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.

Quality standard Published July 2013 Last updated September 2017

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.

Quality standard Published July 2013 Last updated June 2015

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.

Quality standard Published August 2013

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.

Quality standard Published August 2013

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.

Quality standard Published August 2013

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.

Quality standard Published September 2013

Antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people (QS59)

This quality standard covers recognising and managing antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published April 2014

Infection prevention and control (QS61)

This quality standard covers preventing and controlling infection in adults, young people and children receiving healthcare in primary, community and secondary care settings. It includes preventing healthcare-associated infections that develop because of treatment or from being in a healthcare setting. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published April 2014

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.

Quality standard Published July 2014

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

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

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

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.

Quality standard Published January 2016

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.

Quality standard Published February 2016

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

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

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

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.

Quality standard Published September 2011 Last updated June 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

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

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.

Quality standard Published April 2013

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.

Quality standard Published February 2013

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.

Quality standard Published February 2013

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.

Quality standard Published November 2012

Ovarian cancer (QS18)

This quality standard covers the recognition and initial management of ovarian cancer. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published May 2012

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.

Quality standard Published February 2012 Last updated July 2019

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.

Quality standard Published September 2012 Last updated April 2016

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.

Quality standard Published June 2010 Last updated April 2016

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

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.

Quality standard Published June 2013

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

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

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

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

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