These resources provide help with planning ahead for NICE guidance, understanding where you are now, and conducting improvement initiatives.

Assessment tools

Baseline assessment tools can be used to evaluate current practice and plan activity to meet the recommendations. These tools should always be used in conjunction with the clinical and public health guidelines they relate to.

Assessment tools

Audit tools

NICE has a library of clinical audit tools which can be used in local clinical audit to improve care, and contain clinical audit standards based on NICE guidance published before June 2015.

The most recent documents contain:

  • a data collection sheet
  • a clinical audit report that provides basic information about the audit and automatically displays the audit results
  • an action plan template
  • an appendix containing a printable data collection form.

These clinical audit tools will continue to be available unless an update to guidance makes them incompatible.  Future audit tools will only be developed for interventional procedures (where identified).   

Audit tools

Resource impact assessments

Resource impact assessments are a range of tools to be used locally by commissioners and providers as a framework for local agreement for the commissioning and delivery of cost-effective and quality services. Indicative resource impact information is provided and may include supportive information to assist the development of business cases, consider risk sharing agreements, or provide direction to local health and social care economies on where integrated approaches should be considered.

NICE has previously provided costing and commissioning tools. These are still available:

Costing reports summarise the national estimate of cost and discuss the assumptions made when estimating the financial impact of implementing the guidance. 

Costing templates support estimating the local cost of implementing guidance.  These templates allow individual NHS organisations and local health and social care economies to quickly assess the impact that guidance will have on local budgets.

Costing statements are used when the cost impact is considered to be minimal or cannot be quantified and explain why this consideration has been made.

Support for commissioning are provided for NICE quality standards

 Costing tools

Service planning

NICE has developed these tools to help those with a role in the strategic planning or delivery of services for a condition (or set of circumstances) that are addressed by NICE guidance. These tools are targeted at those who are responsible for planning and putting the guidance into practice.

The content of tools depends on the guidance but can include the following:

  • background information such as prevalence of the condition
  • an overview of the key steps and decision points in the pathway for a specific piece of NICE guidance
  • practical suggestions for putting NICE guidance into practice locally
  • identification of likely implementation barriers and possible ways to overcome these for different audiences.

We are looking for ways to improve our tools and welcome your feedback. Please follow these links to a short evaluation form for tools for clinical guidelines and for tools for public health guidance. If you are experiencing problems accessing or using this tool, please email

Service planning tools

Forward planner

The forward planner helps people plan for and implement NICE guidance by:

  • summarising published guidance organisations may still be implementing
  • listing forthcoming guidance to help NHS bodies plan ahead
  • including an indicative cost for England for forthcoming guidance, based on the Institute's draft guidance where published

More information about the forward planner

Into practice guide

The Into practice guide helps and supports local health and social care provider organisations in implementing NICE guidance and using NICE quality standards to improve the quality of care they provide. The guide is a source of practical support to health and social care professionals and managers to enable them to provide care in line with NICE recommendations.

More information about the guide