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Patient group directions (MPG2)

This guideline covers good practice for developing, authorising, using and updating patient group directions. It also offers advice on deciding whether a patient group direction is needed.

Medicines practice guideline Published August 2013 Last updated March 2017

Antimicrobial stewardship: systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use (NG15)

This guideline covers the effective use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics) in children, young people and adults. It aims to change prescribing practice to help slow the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and ensure that antimicrobials remain an effective treatment for infection.

NICE guideline Published August 2015

Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community (NG67)

This guideline covers medicines support for adults (aged 18 and over) who are receiving social care in the community. It aims to ensure that people who receive social care are supported to take and look after their medicines effectively and safely at home. It gives advice on assessing if people need help with managing their medicines, who should provide medicines support and how health and social care staff should work together.

NICE guideline Published March 2017

Controlled drugs: safe use and management (NG46)

This guideline covers systems and processes for using and managing controlled drugs safely in all NHS settings except care homes. It aims to improve working practices to comply with legislation and have robust governance arrangements. It also aims to reduce the safety risks associated with controlled drugs.

NICE guideline Published April 2016

Developing and updating local formularies (MPG1)

This guideline covers good practice for developing and updating local formularies in line with statutory requirements. It supports developing formularies that reflect local needs, reduce variation in prescribing, and allow rapid adoption of new medicines and treatments.

Medicines practice guideline Published March 2014 Last updated October 2015

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.

Quality standard Published March 2015 Last updated January 2017

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.

Quality standard Published June 2015

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.

Quality standard Published June 2011 Last updated September 2018

Smoking: harm reduction (QS92)

This quality standard covers ways of reducing harm from smoking. It includes advice on supporting people who do not want to give up smoking in one step. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published July 2015

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.

Quality standard Published July 2015

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.

Quality standard Published January 2015

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.

Quality standard Published March 2011

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.

Quality standard Published March 2015

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

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

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.

Quality standard Published July 2014

Intravenous fluid therapy in adults in hospital (QS66)

This quality standard covers managing intravenous (IV) fluid therapy safely and effectively for adults in hospital. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published August 2014

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.

Quality standard Published December 2015

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.

Quality standard Published September 2015

Varicose veins in the legs (QS67)

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing varicose veins in the legs of adults (aged 18 and over). It includes referral for specialist assessment and treatment options. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published August 2014

Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage (QS69)

This quality standard covers the diagnosis and initial management of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage in women in their first trimester (up to 13 completed weeks of pregnancy). It includes assessment and diagnosis for women with suspected early pregnancy loss. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published September 2014

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.

Quality standard Published September 2014

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.

Quality standard Published November 2014 Last updated October 2018

Neonatal infection (QS75)

This quality standard covers preventing infection in newborn babies, treating pregnant women whose babies are at risk of infection, and treating newborn babies with suspected or confirmed infection. It includes when to give antibiotics to prevent and treat neonatal infection. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published December 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Quality standard Published March 2012 Last updated May 2017

Meningitis (bacterial) and meningococcal septicaemia in children and young people (QS19)

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing bacterial meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia in children and young people (under 16). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published June 2012