Consultation now open on the draft falls prevention quality standard


Posted on 2 August 2016 (Permalink)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is pleased to announce that the draft falls prevention quality standard is now available on the NICE website for consultation. The consultation period finishes at 5pm on 25 August. NICE greatly values all contributions into the quality standard development process and have found consultation feedback extremely helpful in their work on previous quality standards, so would encourage you to comment.

The draft falls prevention quality standard, along with the instructions and documents required to submit your comments, can be accessed at Falls prevention: quality standard consultation

If your organisation wishes to register as a stakeholder for this quality standard, further details can be found by clicking here. Please note that if you are submitting comments as an individual there is no need to register. 

NICE would be grateful if you could ensure all responses are submitted electronically using the comments proforma (ensuring all relevant fields are completed, including your organisation’s full name, if applicable). Responses must be submitted to QSconsultations@nice.org.uk by 5pm on 25 August.

Following consultation, a summary of the consultation comments, prepared by the NICE quality standards team, and the full set of consultation comments will be shared with the Quality Standards Advisory Committee (QSAC).  The QSAC discussions on the stakeholder comments and the associated decisions will then be summarised in the QSAC meeting minutes. When the quality standard publishes all stakeholders that submitted comments will be sent a link to the minutes on the NICE website so that they may see how their comments were considered by the committee when finalising the quality standard.  Comments received from non‑registered stakeholders and individuals are reviewed by the Committee. A formal response is not given and these comments are not made available on the NICE website. However, if they result in changes to the guideline this is recorded in the Committee meeting minutes.

Supporting organisations

As you may be aware, NICE is proud to jointly badge quality standards in order to help to achieve maximum dissemination among relevant audiences. If you would like your organisation to formally support the falls prevention quality standard, please email QSsupportingorgs@nice.org.uk  to express an interest or indicate your interest on the comments proforma.

Those who formally support quality standards must be:

  • National patient, service users, carer, voluntary, charity and non-governmental organisations that are run by, or directly reflect the perspectives of people who use services, carers or client groups, and represent the interests of people whose care is covered by the quality standard
  • National organisations that represent the professionals and practitioners who provide the care or services described in the quality standard
  • National organisations that represent commissioners or providers of the care or services described in the quality standard
  • Statutory organisations (an organisation set up by government for a specific purpose) including Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Please do not hesitate to contact the Quality Standards Team at QualityStandards@nice.nhs.uk if you have any queries.