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Health and Social Care Act 2012

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234Quality standards

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(1)The relevant commissioner may direct NICE to prepare statements of standards in relation to the provision of—

(a)NHS services,

(b)public health services, or

(c)social care in England.

(2)In this Part such a statement is referred to as a “quality standard”.

(3)In preparing a quality standard NICE must consult the public and, for that purpose, may publish drafts of the standard.

(4)NICE must keep a quality standard under review and may revise it as it considers appropriate.

(5)A quality standard (and any revised standard)—

(a)has no effect unless it is endorsed by the relevant commissioner, and

(b)must not be published by NICE unless the relevant commissioner so requires.

(6)The relevant commissioner may require NICE—

(a)to publish the standard (or revised standard) or to disseminate it to persons specified by the relevant commissioner, and

(b)to do so in the manner specified by the relevant commissioner.

(7)NICE must—

(a)establish a procedure for the preparation of quality standards, and

(b)consult such persons as it considers appropriate in establishing that procedure.

(8)Subsection (9) applies in a case where the Secretary of State and the Board each has power under this section to give NICE a direction to prepare a quality standard in relation to the same matter or connected matters.

(9)In such a case—

(a)the Secretary of State and the Board may issue a joint direction under subsection (1), and

(b)if they do so, NICE must prepare a joint quality standard in respect of the matter or matters concerned.

(10)In this section “the relevant commissioner”—

(a)in relation to a quality standard in relation to the provision of NHS services, means the Board, and

(b)in relation to a quality standard in relation to the provision of public health services or of social care in England, means the Secretary of State,

and a reference to the relevant commissioner in relation to a joint quality standard is a reference to both the Secretary of State and the Board.

(11)In this Part—

  • “NHS services” means services the provision of which is arranged by the Board or a clinical commissioning group under the National Health Service Act 2006 (including pursuant to arrangements made under section 7A of the National Health Service Act 2006) or section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (after-care);

  • “public health services” means services provided pursuant to the functions of—

    (a)

    the Secretary of State under section 2A or 2B of, or paragraph 7C, 8 or 12 of Schedule 1 to, that Act, or

    (b)

    a local authority under section 2B or 111 of, or paragraphs 1 to 7B or 13 of Schedule 1 to, that Act.

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