NICE to develop new quality standards

 The Department of Health has asked NICE to develop several additional integrated health and social care quality standards.

NICE will begin work on quality standards on the care and wellbeing of both adults and children with autism and on the mental wellbeing of older people in residential care.

The DH has also requested that the Institute develop similar standards of care where no existing guidance on a topic exists.

Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Quality said NICE’s quality standards “help define what good care looks like”.

The topics where no guidance exist and requires development are:

  • Autism in adults
  • Autism in children
  • Child maltreatment
  • Domiciliary care
  • The transition between child and adult services
  • The transition between health and social care, including discharge planning, admission avoidance, reducing readmissions and reducing unnecessary bed occupancy
  • Mental wellbeing of older people in residential care
  • Management of physical and mental co-morbidities of older people in community and residential care settings
  • Medicines management in care homes

Work on two pilot health and social care quality standards is already being undertaken by NICE. Guidelines for the standard of care of people with dementia and the health and wellbeing of children in care will be published in April next year.

Dr Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at NICE, said the Institute welcomed the request by the DH to develop the quality standards as part of its new role.

“It’s important for health and social care services to work in tandem and the standards we develop will play a vital role in ensuring services are closely aligned to ensure effective, high quality patient care is consistently achieved.”