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introducing nice

Introducing NICE...

Gateshead Council

Gillian Mathews

Implementation consultant - north

what is nice
What is NICE?

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.

this is what we do
This is what we do

NICE and NHS Evidence

Evidence – guidance – shared learning

this is how we add value
This is how we add value

Independence, objectivity and transparency.

we have become a unique platform
We have become a unique platform

NICE and NHS Evidence

Evidence – guidance – shared learning

we produce guidance in three areas
We produce guidance in three areas...
  • Health technologies- guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments, procedures and medical technologies and diagnostics
  • Clinical practice- guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions
  • Public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health
core principles of all nice guidance
Core principles of all NICE guidance
  • Based on the best evidence available
  • Expert input
  • Patient and carer involvement
  • Independent advisory committees
  • Genuine consultation
  • Regular review
  • Open and transparent process
what are nice quality standards
What are NICE Quality Standards?
  • A set of 5-10 statements that are:
    • markers of high-quality, cost effective clinical care for a particular condition
    • derived from the best available evidence
    • produced collaboratively with the NHS and social care
  • Quality measures

- high level quality indicators

  • Audience descriptors

- A description of what the quality standards mean for a variety of audiences

quality standards topics
Quality Standards topics

Pilot topics 2009-10

  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Prevention of venous thromboembolism
  • Specialist neonatal care

Topics 2010-11

  • Diabetes
  • COPD
  • Breast cancer
  • Depression
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Chronic heart failure
  • End of life care
  • Alcohol dependency
developed from evidence dementia an example


Key policy documents

Audit evidence of variation in care

Developed from evidence: Dementia, an example

NICE quality standards

NICE Quality Standards

Drawn from ‘key priorities for implementation’ listed in the NICE clinical guideline, with extra emphasis on patient experience and the whole clinical team.

Guidance AND key policy documents

Dementia: Supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care, (NICE/SCIE CG42).

Department of Health (2009) Living well with dementia: A National Dementia Strategy.

Audit evidence of variation in care

National Audit Office (2007): Improving services and support for people with dementia (and 2010 interim report).

Royal College of Psychiatrists National Audit of Dementia.

nhs evidence

NHS Evidence

  • A web-based service that helps staff keep up to date with the latest information about health and social care
  • already attracting 700,000 visits and 1 million searches a month
  • free to use service, free from ‘noise’ and providing access to credible, relevant information
  • NHS Evidence Accreditation Scheme identifies high quality sources

High quality evidence for high quality care

how can nice help
How can NICE help?
  • We provide general support tools such as the ‘How to Guides’ and a map of NICE guidance available against national indicators and targets
  • We encourage shared learning from practice and provide support at local level through our field team
  • We provide topic specific support tools such as slide sets, costing tools, clinical audit support, educational tools and commissioning guides
  • We provide online educational modules for healthcare professionals
  • We actively work in partnership with other organisations to support NICE guidance

‘How to’ implement guidance

Currently being updated

the nice field team

Gill Mathews

Annie Coppel

Deborah Bent

Chris Connell

Jane Moore

Steve Sparks

Stephen Judge

The NICE Field Team
  • Seven consultants based in the field - the ‘local face’ of NICE
  • Providing people implementing NICE guidance with updates, advice and support for your local strategies for implementation
what the implementation team offers
What the implementation team offers..
  • Updates and advice to help the senior management team implement NICE guidance
  • Problem solving, by sharing examples of how organisations have worked together to implement guidance
  • Advice on how to use the NICE implementation support tools
  • A chance to feedback to NICE on local issues, ideas for new topics and suggestions for improvement
keep up to date with the latest from nice
Keep up to date with the latest from NICE...
  • Sign up on the NICE website to receive NICE guidance electronically
  • Or subscribe online to our free monthly E-newsletter: includes information about guidance launched each month.
  • Follow us on Twitter @NICEcomms
contact us
Contact us

Gillian Mathews – Implementation consultant

NICE website

NHS Evidence