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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

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.

Quality standard Published March 2016

Food allergy (QS118)

This quality standard covers diagnosing, assessing and managing food allergy in children and young people (under 19) and adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published March 2016

Medicines optimisation (QS120)

This quality standard covers the safe and effective use of medicines. It covers people of all ages who are taking medicines, including those who are not getting the full benefit from their medicines. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published March 2016

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.

Quality standard Published June 2016

Early years: promoting health and wellbeing in under 5s (QS128)

This quality standard covers services to support the health, and social and emotional wellbeing of children under 5, including vulnerable children who may need extra support. It includes health visitor services, childcare and early years education, and early intervention services in children’s social care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published August 2016

Intravenous fluid therapy in children and young people in hospital (QS131)

This quality standard covers managing intravenous (IV) fluids safely and effectively for babies, children and young people (from birth to 16) in hospital. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published September 2016

Mental wellbeing and independence for older people (QS137)

This quality standard covers interventions to maintain and improve the mental wellbeing and independence of people aged 65 or older, and how to identify those at risk of a decline. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover the mental wellbeing and independence of people who live in a care home or attend one on a day-only basis.

Quality standard Published December 2016

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.

Quality standard Published December 2016

Blood transfusion (QS138)

This quality standard covers the general principles of blood transfusion in adults, young people and children over 1 year old. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover specific conditions that blood transfusion is used for.

Quality standard Published December 2016

Transition from children's to adults' services (QS140)

This quality standard covers the period before, during and after a young person moves from children's to adults' services in all settings where transitions from children’s to adults’ health or social care services take place. It covers all young people (aged up to 25) using children’s health and social care services who are due to make the transition to adults’ services. This includes young people with mental health problems, disabilities and long-term, life-limiting or complex needs, and those in secure settings or under the care of local authorities. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published December 2016

Menopause (QS143)

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing menopause in women, including women who have premature ovarian insufficiency (menopause before the age of 40, which can occur naturally or as a result of medical or surgical treatment). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published February 2017

Tuberculosis (QS141)

This quality standard covers preventing, identifying and managing latent and active tuberculosis (TB) in children, young people and adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover areas of national policy, such as the UK Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) immunisation programme.

Quality standard Published January 2017

Community engagement: improving health and wellbeing (QS148)

This quality standard covers community engagement approaches to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities, and initiatives to change behaviours that harm people’s health. This includes building on the strengths and capabilities of communities, helping them to identify their needs and working with them to design and deliver initiatives and improve equity.

Quality standard Published March 2017

Rheumatoid arthritis in over 16s (QS33)

This quality standard covers the diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis in adults (aged 16 and older). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published June 2013 Last updated July 2018

Chronic kidney disease in adults (QS5)

This quality standard covers the assessment and management of chronic kidney disease in adults (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published March 2011 Last updated July 2017

Violent and aggressive behaviours in people with mental health problems (QS154)

This quality standard covers short-term prevention and management of violent and physically threatening behaviour among adults, children and young people with a mental health problem. It applies to settings where mental health, health and social care services are provided. This includes community settings and care received at home. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published June 2017

Multimorbidity (QS153)

This quality standard covers clinical assessment, prioritising and managing healthcare for adults aged 18 years and over with 2 or more long-term health conditions (multimorbidity). At least 1 of these conditions must be a physical health condition. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published June 2017

Liver disease (QS152)

This quality standard covers identifying, assessing and managing chronic liver disease in children, young people and adults, and cirrhosis in young people and adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published June 2017

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.

Quality standard Published April 2017

Healthy workplaces: improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing (QS147)

This quality standard covers the health and wellbeing of all employees, including their mental health. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover managing long-term sickness absence.

Quality standard Published March 2017

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.

Quality standard Published March 2017

Vaccine uptake in under 19s (QS145)

This quality standard covers increasing vaccine uptake among children and young people aged under 19 in groups and settings that have low immunisation coverage. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published March 2017

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.

Quality standard Published March 2017

Learning disability: identifying and managing mental health problems (QS142)

This quality standard covers the prevention, assessment and management of mental health problems in people with learning disabilities in all settings (including health, social care, education, and forensic and criminal justice). It also covers family members, carers and care workers.

Quality standard Published January 2017

Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs (QS136)

This quality standard covers admissions into, and discharge from, inpatient hospital settings for adults (aged 18 years and over) with social care needs. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover inpatient mental health settings, which will be covered by a quality standard on transition between inpatient mental health settings and community or care home settings.

Quality standard Published December 2016

Oral health in care homes (QS151)

This quality standard covers oral health, including dental health and daily mouth care, for adults in care homes (with and without nursing provision). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published June 2017

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (QS39)

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults, young people and children (aged 3 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published July 2013 Last updated March 2018

Stable angina (QS21)

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing stable angina in adults (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published August 2012 Last updated February 2017

Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s (QS155)

This quality standard covers the assessment and management of non-specific low back pain and sciatica in young people and adults aged 16 years and over. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published July 2017

Parkinson's disease (QS164)

This quality standard covers the management of Parkinson’s disease in adults. It does not include treatment of parkinsonism not caused by Parkinson’s disease. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published February 2018

Mental health of adults in contact with the criminal justice system (QS163)

This quality standard covers recognising, assessing and managing mental health problems in adults (aged 18 and over) who are in contact with the criminal justice system (this includes police contact, court and prison custody, street triage, liaison and diversion services, and probation services). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published February 2018

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

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

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

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.

Quality standard Published July 2019

Hearing loss in adults (QS185)

This quality standard covers assessing and managing hearing loss in adults (aged 18 and over). It includes people presenting with hearing loss for the first time in adulthood whether it started in adulthood or earlier. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published July 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

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

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

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

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

Asthma (QS25)

This quality standard covers diagnosing, monitoring and managing asthma in children, young people and adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published February 2013 Last updated September 2018

Pancreatic cancer (QS177)

This quality standard covers diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and management of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in adults aged over 18. This quality standard describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover national initiatives, such as cancer screening or audit.

Quality standard Published December 2018

Oesophago-gastric cancer (QS176)

This quality standard covers assessing and managing oesophago-gastric cancer in adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality standard Published December 2018

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