The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners with the aim of improving outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services.
Each month NICE issues new guidance and publications aimed at the NHS, Local Authorities, employers, voluntary groups and anyone else involved in delivering care or promoting wellbeing. The guidance produced takes a number of forms, including:
- Technology appraisals guidance assesses the clinical and cost effectiveness of health technologies, such as new pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products, but also include procedures, devices and diagnostic agents.
- NICE guidelines make evidence-based recommendations on a wide range of topics, from preventing and managing specific conditions, improving health and managing medicines in different settings, to providing social care to adults and children, and planning broader services and interventions to improve the health of communities. These aim to promote integrated care where appropriate, for example, by covering transitions between children’s and adult services and between health and social care.
- Medical technologies and diagnostics guidance is produced to help ensure that the NHS is able to adopt clinically and cost effective technologies rapidly and consistently.
- Interventional procedures guidance recommends whether interventional procedures, such as laser treatments for eye problems or deep brain stimulation for chronic pain are effective and safe enough for use in the NHS.