How we select topics
We use the quality standards topic library to choose the topics for development.
We produce a shortlist each September, then finalise it with the relevant commissioning bodies:
- healthcare topics - NHS England
- public health topics - Department of Health and Public Health England
- social care topics - Department of Health and Department for Education.
They also refer a small number of new topics to us.
How we prioritise topics
1. We prepare a longlist of topics each year, in August. This includes:
- topics from the library where:
- there is a current NICE guideline
- a new guideline will publish with time to also develop a quality standard that year
- there are relevant accredited guidelines from external organisations
- existing standards that need updating.
Besides the longlist, we also:
- identify standards already in development which are scheduled to publish in the next year
- determine the capacity for development.
2. We then create the shortlist. Topics are shortlisted if they:
- were previously identified as high priority
- align with national priorities
- could impact on the outcomes frameworks in healthcare, public health and social care
- relate to:
- a significant burden of care and/or illness
- premature mortality
- reduced quality of life.
We discuss both lists with:
- NHS England domain directors (plus National Clinical Directors where available) - healthcare topics
- Department of Health and Public Health England public health policy leads - public health topics
- Department of Health and Department for Education policy leads - social care topics
We consider the balance between clinical, social care and public health topics, review amendments and agree final proposals. These are then agreed at a further joint meeting.
We review all published quality standards annually.
There are 3 possible decisions:
- Minor update to align with the updated source guidance
- Full update to reflect:
- changes in the areas for quality improvement
- new NICE or NICE accredited guidance
- new national priorities
- Make no changes.
We make an initial review decision for each published quality standard. During the annual prioritisation process, commissioners make a final decision on updating a quality standard.
Find out more about the most recent review:
E-mail us with evidence of achievement if you think a standard needs updating: email@example.com
We consider all comments as part of the annual review process.