Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb MP, has launched a 12-week consultation to establish a full set of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) quality standards and guidance for social care.

The DH is seeking the views of service users, their families and carers, service commissioners, care providers, and front line staff to help decide on future topics for NICE guidance and standards.

The aim is to establish a full set of NICE quality standards and guidance in order to improve the quality of social care.

NICE has produced a list of potential topics for guidance and quality standards that they could work on from 2015 onwards to help improve quality in social care. Some of the potential NICE standards for discussion in the consultation include:

  • Falls
  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards
  • Medicines management in home-based settings
  • Supporting the social care needs of people with learning disabilities in care homes and the community
  • Substance misuse

The role of NICE in driving up the quality of social care is outlined in the Caring for our Future White Paper.

NICE is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice for health and now social care. Evidence-based guidance and other products from NICE help resolve uncertainty about best quality care and what represents value for money. Care providers will be able to use these standards and guidance as tools to help improve their services.

The 12-week consultation ends on 26 April 2013.