NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care

Social care quality standards

The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC) uses NICE’s methods and processes to develop social care guidance for NICE. NICE will use the guidance as a basis for its quality standards for social care.

NICE quality standards are a concise set of statements designed to drive and measure improvements in the quality of care. They are not mandatory; they are intended for use in conjunction with the frameworks and regulation already in place, providing practical support to help drive up the quality of adult and children's care.

NICE, the Department of Health and the Department for Education have outlined how NICE quality standards fit within the regulatory and quality frameworks for social care. You can find details on the NICE website: 

Social care guidance and the quality landscape

NICE has so far published social care quality standards on the following topics:


Health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people

Managing medicines in care homes

Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes

Supporting people to live well with dementia

Find out more about the quality standard development process:

Developing NICE quality standards

The NCCSC supported the implementation of these pilot quality standards and developed some products, including films and resources tailored to specific audiences, to illustrate how the quality standards can be put into practice.

View quality standard resources

The Centre will also support the development, dissemination and adoption of quality standards based on the guidance that it is developing.

See guideline topics