UK – NICE publishes draft cerebral palsy quality standard

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a draft quality standard on cerebral palsy in adults, for public consultation.

The organisation announced that the draft standard consists of five statements, which together highlight what needs to be done to ensure adults with cerebral palsy can be “as independent as possible and have equal access to every available opportunity.”

The guidance states that adults with the disorder whose ability to carry out usual daily activities deteriorates or who may be affected by a procedure that is being considered, are to be referred to a multidisciplinary team (MDT).

This is because an MDT, experienced in the management of neurological impairments, is better able to identify a person’s needs and understand how these may change over time than non-specialist healthcare professionals…