NICE offers a comprehensive suite of guidance, advice and support for delivering quality, safety and efficiency in the use of medicines.

NICE medicines evidence summaries

Summaries of the best available evidence to inform local NHS planning and decision-making, for selected new medicines, or for existing medicines with new indications, and unlicensed or off-label medicines.

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Medicines practice guidelines

NICE medicines practice guidelines provide recommendations for good practice for those individuals and organisations involved in governing, commissioning, prescribing and decision-making about medicines. The outputs have a wide range of audiences across both health and social care environments.

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NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associates

The programme supports and promotes high quality, safe, cost-effective prescribing and medicines optimisation within local health economies. Associates work within their own organisation and their local health economy to

  • support the adoption of NICE and other high-quality guidance into practice and reduce inappropriate variation in prescribing across localities
  • highlight issues of medicines safety, risk and never events to improve medicines safety
  • support the local managed introduction of new medicines
  • develop leadership, facilitation, decision-making and management skills

Associates develop and support local networks, identifying local Affiliates - key people working locally in prescribing and medicines optimisation - to share and exchange information. Associates also link with the NICE field team and NICE fellows and scholars.

NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associates form a community of practice, to support each other as an expert group and develop and disseminate ideas and examples of good practice, as well as receiving information and support from the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre.

Becoming an Associate

Health professionals who are NHS Employees, NHS contractors (or who are employed by NHS contractors) or employees of non-departmental government bodies are eligible to become Associates provided that

  • influencing medicines and prescribing strategy in the NHS is a significant part of their role
  • they meet the requirements of the programme relating to declarations of interests, disqualification criteria and the current NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associate Roles and Responsibilities (Code of Practice)
  • they meet the requirements of the recruitment and assessment programme and display the foundation competencies for NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associates
  • they have the support of their employing organisation to become an Associate

Applications for the recruitment and assessment programme in Autumn 2014 have now closed. The next programme will run in Spring 2015

Regional Technical Advisers

Four Regional Technical Advisers support Associates in their roles: one for each NHS England region plus Wales, Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands. Contact them for more information.

Controlled drugs community of practice

The NICE Medicines and prescribing centre supports the safe use and management of controlled drugs by providing a closed discussion forum for Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers (CD AOs) and individuals nominated by CD AOs, allowing them to share experiences and learning from practice. CD AOs and nominees from England and the home countries can register for access, please contact us here for more information.

NICE actively supports this community of practice but does not necessarily endorse content not produced by NICE that can be accessed within discussion group.

CD AOs and their nominees are also able to receive news alerts relating to controlled drugs and other medicines related topics, to register for alerts please click here.

Key therapeutic topics

Medicines management options for local implementation summarises the evidence-base on topics identified to support the quality and productivity medicines use and procurement work stream.

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