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NICE announces new public health quality standards

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NICE has announced that it will develop over 70 public health quality standards, after a range of new topics were referred by the DH.

The new standards will cover a range of subjects including healthcare-associated infection, sexual health and domestic violence. NICE will also create a quality standard on antibiotic prescribing to help tackle the rise in antibiotic resistance by reducing inappropriate prescribing. Four quality standards are already in development, focusing on childhood obesity, alcohol, and reducing the harm and impact of tobacco use in communities.

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE, said: 'These new quality standards will help people working in public health, health and social care to make decisions based on the latest evidence and best practice. They will help providers assess their services and, where necessary, drive up their standards, across a wide range of public health challenges from infections linked to healthcare through to tackling domestic violence.'

View the full list of referred subjects.

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