NICE calls for clinical input over quality standards

GPs have been encouraged to propose clinical areas for inclusion in NICE's range of quality standards, which will inform outcomes targets for GP commissioners.

Health professionals, providers and the public can put forward clinical areas for adoption into the library of NICE’s new quality standards.

These describe best, evidence-based practice for ‘high quality, cost effective care’.

A full library of around 150 standards will be used by the NHS Commissioning Board in the new NHS to create outcomes targets, against which the performance of GP commissioners and others will be judged.

The institute has so far published 10 standards with 36 planned for development in the near future.

NICE is running the proposal exercise on behalf of the National Quality Board to ‘ensure the library of topics is genuinely fit for purpose’.

Dr Fergus Macbeth, director of NICE’s Centre for Clinical Practice, said: ‘NICE quality standards are a tool for commissioners and healthcare providers to help them deliver high quality care locally, and set the benchmark for excellent health care quality.

‘The library of topics will inform new quality standards, and this engagement exercise is a good opportunity for all those interested parties to put forward their ideas. I would urge them to submit their comments through the NICE website.’

The exercise will run until Friday 14 October.

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