NICE has published NICE Quality Standard (QS) 159 on Transition between inpatient mental health settings and community or care home settings and QS160 on End of life care for infants, children and young people.

NICE QS159 covers transitions for children, young people, and adults between mental health hospitals and their own homes, care homes, or other community settings in the period before, during and after a person is admitted to, and discharged from, a mental health hospital. The standards set by NICE QS159 are expected to improve the following outcomes:

  • experience of hospital care for people staying in an inpatient mental health setting
  • length of stay in inpatient mental health settings
  • hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge from an inpatient mental health setting
  • delayed discharges from out-of-area placements in inpatient mental health settings
  • suicide of people discharged from inpatient mental health settings.

NICE QS160 covers end of life care for infants, children and young people (from birth to 18 years) who have a life-limiting condition. Life-limiting conditions are those that are expected to result in an early death for the person. It also covers support for family members and carers. The outcomes expected to be improved by QS160 include:

  • health-related quality of life for parents, siblings, and carers of infants, children and young people having end of life care
  • experience of end of life care for infants, children, and young people, and their families and carers.

NICE QS161 covers the recognition, diagnosis and early management of sepsis for all populations. It expects to contribute to improvements in the following outcomes:

  • mortality rates for people with sepsis
  • length of hospital stay for people with sepsis
  • length of ICU stay for people with sepsis
  • long-term disability for people with sepsis
  • organ failure in people with sepsis.

Three other quality standards have also been released this month (September 2017).