The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a brief resource explaining how NICE quality standards fit together and relate to improvement initiatives relating to care homes. It explains how to use NICE quality standards to improve practice in care homes for older people, including broad guidance on preparations for Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections.
The relevant NICE quality standards are mapped to the CQC’s new care homes inspection framework, clarifying which quality standard statements are most relevant for each of CQC’s five key questions:
- Is this service safe?
- Is it effective?
- Is it caring?
- Is it responsive?
- Is it well-led?
The resource was developed by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC), working with an advisory group of adult care sector experts, including care home managers.
Using quality standards to improve practice in care homes for older people. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), January 12th 2015.
Other NICE Resources
Note: There is a NICE web page outlining the tools available to help putting guidance from NICE Quality Standard QS50 on Mental Wellbeing of Older People in Care Homes into practice. This links to slide sets, audit tools, uptake reports and recommended research, including:
- Tailored resource for managers of care homes for older people: mental wellbeing of older people in care homes.
- Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes video.
- Tailored resource for commissioning care providers.
- Managing medicines in care homes: including a checklist for care home medicine policy.