Commissioners are vital to ensuring high quality VTE prevention underpins commissioning of services at a local level. Therefore it is important that they understand the significance of VTE prevention for quality and cost-effective patient care.

VTE prevention should be integrated into patient safety strategies to ensure the delivery of safe, high quality, cost-effective care. Monitoring the implementation of the NICE Quality Standard for VTE Prevention (QS3) by auditing compliance with the measures it defines ensures that best practice is being followed. This lever can be used by commissioners in the contracting process to ensure that high quality VTE prevention underpins the commissioning of services at a local level.

Quality standards form the basis of support for clinical audit provided by NICE. More information can be found on the NICE website.


A range of e-learning modules, including one aimed specifically at commissioners, has been developed in partnership with Health Education England to support the delivery of high quality VTE prevention across the system.

The e-learning modules are available to the public and to all NHS employees.

Letter to CCGs 11 December 2015

NHS England wrote to CCGs on 11 December 2015 about their responsibility to routinely ensure that providers are complying with contractual requirements in relation to reporting and investigating cases of VTE associated with hospitalisation.