Appendix One
Evidence of progress in meeting NSF Quality Requirements

How this section works

The extent of evidence for each Quality Requirement (QR) is summarised by a colour code system, where:

red = little or no evidence of the QR being met anywhere;

red + amber = some evidence that QR is being met, or nearly met in some places;

amber + green = some evidence that QR is generally being met, or nearly met;

green = strong evidence that the QR is generally being met.

Each colour code has been designated by reviewing evidence that relates to each statement across the studies.

A summary table of all the QRs is presented below.

Getting more information

Detailed information about the evidence behind the colour code used for each QR can be accessed by clicking on the title for each Quality Requirement.

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Summary of progress against all Quality Requirements

Quality Requirement 1: A person-centred service.

Joint commissioning arrangements in place


Service systems that provide integrated care


Care planning and co-ordination routinely experienced


Information about treatment and support to self- manage


In contact with a health professional


Quality requirement 2: Early recognition, prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Prompt referral to specialist (within 18 weeks)


Prompt diagnosis (within 36 weeks)


Quality requirement 3: Emergency and acute management.

Arrangements in place to ensure prompt identification and treatment for people with a LTNC on admission to hospital


Quality requirement 4: Early specialist rehabilitation.

In-patient rehabilitation services established with links to ongoing support


Evidence of inter-disciplinary team working & communications across the board


Quality requirement 5: Community rehabilitation and support.

Easy access to ongoing community rehabilitation, advice and support


Service responsive to changing, ongoing needs


Quality requirement 6: Vocational rehabilitation.

Easy and equitable access to vocational rehabilitation


Service responsive to changing, ongoing needs


Quality requirement 7: Providing equipment and accommodation.

Timely and appropriate equipment and adaptations


Equitable services that are responsive to changing, ongoing needs


Quality requirement 8: Providing personal care and support.

Integrated health and social care support designed to offer choice about living independently at home


Information and advice about options for personal care and support


Quality requirement 9: Palliative Care.

Easy access to comprehensive palliative care services


Support for carers of adults with end-stage neurological conditions


Quality requirement 10: Supporting family and carers.

Carers’ assessment of needs


Care plans for carers implemented


Quality requirement 11: Caring for people with LTNCs in hospital or other health and social care settings.

Neurological needs met when receiving care for other reasons



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