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

Quality standard service improvement template

NICE’s quality standard service improvement template helps providers to make an initial assessment of their service compared with a selection of quality statements. It includes assessing current practice, recording an action plan and monitoring quality improvement.

View the quality standard service improvement template

Resource impact of NICE guidance

Resource impact reports summarise the resource impact of implementing NICE guidance. National estimates using assumptions about the resource impact are fully explained. Reports may be supported by Resource impact templates.

Templates are based on the population of England, but CCGs or local authorities can amend the template to reflect the local population for an estimate of the local resource impact. Templates can also be amended to estimate the resource impact for the population of Wales and Northern Ireland. Resource impact reports and templates are accessible through the Tools and Resources tabs on individual Guidance and Standards pages.

Resource impact reports and templates are accessible through the Tools and Resources tabs on individual Guidance and Standards pages.

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 you plan and implement NICE guidance. Use it to:

  • view upcoming NICE guidance
  • get indicative costs or savings for upcoming guidance
  • understand the resource implications of published guidance

There are a number of recent improvements to the planner. Please complete the short survey and tell us what you think.

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