National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standards are concise sets of prioritised evidence-based statements designed to drive measurable quality improvements within a particular area of health or care. NEQOS can investigate how concordant an Acute or Mental Health Trust is with particular NICE quality standards.
NEQOS scopes then produces profiles of Trust performance against selected NICE Quality Standards (QS) using routine data sources. Where possible, the profiles also compare their performance with other local Trusts. An advantage of benchmarking against QSs is that adjustments for population and case mix are not usually required, as the good practice identified in the QS should be standard across all providers.
While there are limitations in using routine data to assess performance against NICE QS (as local audit data is often also required), NEQOS is an ideal position to identify and use the fullest range of available data (including national audit data) due to our extensive experience in this field and our clinical engagement. We also liaise with national data providers with the aim of improving their outputs for future QS measurement.
NICE Quality Standard (QS) profiles produced by NEQOS to date include profiles for:
QS10: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
QS93: Atrial Fibrillation – treatment and management
QS6: Diabetes in Adults
QS11: Alcohol Dependence and harmful alcohol use
QS17: Lung Cancer
Profiles currently in development or planned to be delivered over the next year include:
QS1: Dementia (an extended version)
QS14: Service User Experience of Adult Mental Health Services
QS86: Falls in older people
QS37: Postnatal Care, and QS22: Antenatal Care
QS39: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
QS80: Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Adults
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