NICE examines stroke, dementia and VTE

Stroke, dementia and venous thromboembolism (VTE) will be among the first clinical areas for which NICE will develop quality standards, it has been announced.

NICE quality standards are designed to act as markers of high-quality care across a pathway or clinical areas. The standards will be linked to indicators to enable assessments of quality and quality improvement to be undertaken.

A NICE spokesman told Healthcare Republic that, where the quality standards are relevant to primary care, NICE will involve perspectives from GPs and other relevant primary care practitioners in the expert groups developing the standards.

Alongside stroke, dementia and VTE, quality standards will also be initially developed for neonatal care. The first quality standards are expected to be available early next year, NICE said.

The work is independent of the QOF assessment process to be overseen by NICE.

A NICE spokesman said: 'The QOF is a separate process described in the interim process manual. Those with an interest in primary care will be able to submit their topic suggestions for the QOF when the consultation process opens on the NICE website during late August and September.'

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