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- NICE discusses cost-effectiveness at the annual Japanese Cancer Association meeting
- NICE International carries out a scoping visit in Accra, Ghana
- NICE International leads an introductory workshop on the application of HTA in priority setting in Manila, Phillippines
- The launch of the Asia-Pacific Regional Capacity-Building for HTA Initiative (ARCH)
- Vietnamese Health Minister visits NICE
- Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka visit NICE to understand the process of establishing and maintaining a quality assurance system in the areas of maternal, neonatal care and family planning.
- NICE International participated in a three-day training workshop in Tagatay, Philippines
- NICE International attended the fifth monthly review meeting of the pilot implementation of the Quality Standard (QS) for improving maternal health in maternity hospital in Trivandrum, Kerala.
- NICE International, at the request of the World Bank Results Based Financing (RBF) initiative coordinated and participated in an event to share the UK experience of developing and using pay-for-performance (P4P) schemes in health. Prof Karl Claxton, Prof Tim Doran, Simon Walker and Paul Revill from the University of York's Centre for Health Economics discussed the UK Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), a P4P scheme in primary care, including how indicators are developed and retired, and the known impact of the QOF. The incorporation of cost-effectiveness considerations into indicator development, and the role of Health Technology Assessment in this, was also discussed. Participants included colleagues from NICE International and members of the Bank's RBF team in Washington as well as field agents from Nigeria, India and Brasil. Colleagues expressed a willingness to discuss potential for collaboration further, and to explore where opportunities for joint knowledge sharing may lie.
- NICE meets with major partners and publicises NICE´s work in the rural health reforms - Beijing, China
- NICE international visits the Indian state of Odisha
- The National Rural Health Mission of India take part in the GIN conference
- NICE international meets with the Health Systems Research Institute
- Global Health Diplomacy at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy
- Francoise Cluzeau contributed as a country profile author to a newly published book on Clinical guidelines for chronic conditions in the European Union. The book provides the first comprehensive review of national practices relating to clinical guidelines in 29 European countries.
- Vietnamese Ministry of Health visits NICE
- Chevening Scholar Mai Valera, describes her experiences as a scholar in London - whilst studying in London, Mai kindly helped NICE International scope out a Rockefeller funded project with the Department of Health of the Philippines, in collaboration with the Thai HITAP.
- India is developing Quality Standards to improve Neonatal Care
- NICE International visits Cuba to take part in the Lancet meeting on universal health coverage
- The Vajapayee Arogyasri Scheme from Karnataka, India visit NICE to learn about Cancer clinical guidelines
- The Chairman of NICE and the Director of NICE International attend the NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia
- Kalipso Chalkidou participated at Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) in Korea as a member of the board of HTAi and a speaker on two panels together with Professor Kun Zhao from China National Health Development Research Centre (CNHDRC), Dr Sean Tunis from Centre for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP), USA and Dr Yot from the Thai Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), both sessions focusing on priority setting in healthcare and the role of HTA in supporting systems reach and sustain Universal Coverage.
- The Lancet publishes outgoing chairman of NICE, Sir Michael Rawlins´, "Valedictory Dispatch" to the Secretary of State. Amongst his top 5 priorities for the future of NICE, Sir Michael identifies core support and government recognition for NICE International
- NICE International represented at 2nd Latin American Forum for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Cartagena, Colombia
- NICE International visits Chinese Provinces as part of supported guideline project
- NICE International discusses the role of WHO in promoting the use of HTA as a tool for achieving Universal Coverage
- NICE signs MoU with the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and family welfare, Government of India
- Second group from Sri Lankan Ministry of Health visits NICE
- NICE international delivered a two-day introductory course on Technology Appraisal, Clinical Guidelines/Pathways and Quality Standard in Vietnam
- Ministry of Health of Mongolia visit NICE
- As part of the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Protection Sociale´s (IHEPS) annual training programme, this year focusing on the economic and social challenges of healthcare policies, Francis Ruiz (NICE international) gave a presentation on NICE, its history, products and processes, to around 40 participants from diverse professional backgrounds. Attendees at the event included the French Ambassador and the Director of the IHEPS.
- Report published on Performance-Based Contracting Scheme in Family Medicine Practice in Turkey
- NICE International takes part in the 2nd Annual meeting of HTAsiaLink
- Congratulations to the Rockefeller Foundation on their 100th Anniversary, one of our partners in supporting the Ministries of Health in Vietnam, Ghana and the Philippines (the latter in partnership with the Thai Ministry of Public Health) with their aim to achieve universal health coverage
- NICE signs MoU with the Ministry of Public Health, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
- NICE International meet key stakeholders and senior partners involved in the Z (benefit)-package in the Philippines
- Sri Lankan Ministry of Health visits NICE
- NICE International jointly runs a workshop in Brasilia to facilitate sharing experience on methods and process of HTA and priority setting
- South African government publishes 2012/13 Health Review
- NICE International participated in a Bellagio meeting on value for money for global donors, focusing on the Global Fund - the processes and methods for assessing value for money are becoming increasingly important in a resource constrained environment, especially as countries are now more than ever before using their own funds to support interventions to battle disease.
- Kalipso Chalkidou was part of a team of external reviews taking part in the 2nd independent evaluation of the Thai Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP). See the full evaluation for more information.
- Special guest, Kalipso Chalkidou of NICE UK speaks on Paying for Quality
Kalipso Chalkidou, founding director of NICE International, shared the latest experiences of "paying for quality" in the UK's National Health Service at a Results-Based Financing for Health seminar at the World Bank.
- NICE international visits the Philippines with colleagues from HITAP
- NICE International meets with Ecuadorian policy makers in Quito
- Scoping visit to Johannesburg and Pretoria to meet with the National Department of Health and major stakeholders
- NICE International hosted a delegation from the Institute for Health Economics and Policy (IHEP), Japan
- NICE International discuss globalising health technology assessment and institutionalising priority setting at the Japanese Embassy
- NICE International and CGD hosted a workshop on priority setting
- NICE International is working on an EU-funded project to help advance and strengthen the practice and use of HTA
- Implementing the quality standard on maternity care
- The Rockefeller Foundation celebrates its 100th birthday this year. NICE International was amongst the organisations invited to join the Rockefeller 'family' in Beijing for a two day global health summit thinking about the next 100 years in public health policy and practice. The event was cohosted by Peking Union Medical College and included an opening reception at the Great Hall of the People, hosted by the Minister of Health of China, Dr Chen Zhu.
- Hitap and NICE international committing to work together to raise awareness of HTA across Thailand and the South East Asian region
- NICE International director joins UK mission to India
- Francoise Cluzeau contributed to an International Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline Development Symposium & GRADE Workshop in Lanzhou, China in May 2012. A paper based on the proceedings from this symposium has now been published in the Health Research Policy and Systems.
- Quality Standard Working Group to finalise quality standards.
- Fifth Forum of Government Sponsored Health Insurance Schemes in India.
- Health Technology Assessment and the role of NICE in the UK. A workshop held in Moscow.
- NICE International, as part of the work of the JLN Quality Track carried out scoping visits to the Philippines and Vietnam.
- Three day workshop in Brasilia
- China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) visit NICE
- Exploring potential partnerships with the Government of Bihar, India in the context of the Department of Health (DFID) supported Sector Wide Approach to Strengthen Health Programme.
- NICE International participates in a workshop jointly organised by the Government of the Maldives National Social Protection Agency and the World Bank
- Delivered a one-day workshop on the EQ-5D to researchers and officials from the China National Health Development Research Center (CNHDRC) and academics from Beijing and Nanjing.
- NICE Chair Professor Sir Michael Rawlins to be awarded by the Prince Mahidol Foundation, Thailand.
- Clinical pathways and payment reform project launched in China.
- NICE International hosted a high level delegation from the Ministry of Health of Mexico.
- CGD report on priority setting institutions jointly launched in China at the 2nd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.
- In October 2012, Kalipso Chalkidou and Francoise Cluzeau met with India Ministry of Health Officials in Delhi to discuss an institutional level partnership (structure and activities) between NICE and the India Council for Medical Research. They also discussed the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding setting out a strategic and technical cooperation framework between the two organisations, on evidence-informed healthcare policy and practice. Meetings were held with officials from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (Department of Health Research and Department of Health Services), National Health Service Resource Centre/National Rural Health Mission and RSBY/Ministry of Labour.
- 3rd annual health policy conference in collaboration with Renmin University, China held in Beijing.
- Presented as a guest speaker at the Emerging Kerala conference in Kochi, India
- Colombian Government launches its own health technology assessment agency - IETS (Instituto de Evaluación Tecnológica en Salud). IETS has been established with support from Inter-American Development Bank, NICE, the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health of Argentina and University of the Andes.
- Bloomberg reports China has cut the prices of some of its cancer, immune, blood system drugs by 17%.
- UK Permanent Secretary for the Department of Health and Health Minister visit Beijing.
- Delivered the inaugural lecture of the 'Frontiers in Public Health' lecture series at the National Health Systems Research Centre, New Delhi.
- Workshops on developing standards for maternal care in conjunction with the government of Kerala, India.
- Contributed to an international symposium on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Taiwan, designed to inform the use of HTA within the upcoming health insurance reforms in the country.
- Contributed as an invited speaker to the Economist event "China's Healthcare Agenda" in Beijing, China. Video of the discussion on care procurement and provision is available here and photos are available here.
- Preparatory meeting on developing measures for reducing maternal mortality in Kerala
- Contributed to a workshop on clinical guideline development and implementation in Hyderabad, India in association with the Aarogyasri Health Care Trust.
- Ran a workshop on the development of clinical guidelines for maternal care in Mumbai, India.
- Launched the report “Priority-Setting in Health: Building Institutions for Smarter Public Spending”, developed in collaboration with the Center for Global Development, USA. The report calls for an interim secretariat to incubate a global health technology assessment facility designed to help governments develop national systems and donors get greater value for money in their grants.
- Hosted a delegation from the Taiwanese Center for Drug Evaluation and Bureau of National Health Insurance
- Contributed to International Clinical Practice Guidelines Symposium and GRADE workshop in Lanzhou, China.
- Contributed to a World Bank mission focussed on Results Based Financing, pharmaceutical policy and health promotion in Sri Lanka.
- White paper providing guidance to the UK / India CEOs Forum proposes that NICE International engages further with Indian counterparts to support them in their journey towards Universal Coverage, particularly focussed on support for primary care.
- International Monetary Fund publication on The Economics of Public Health Care Reform in Advanced and Emerging Economies discusses the need for considerations of clinical and cost-effectiveness in Taiwan and other countries.
- Delivered a third workshop on clinical guideline development, with a focus on the implementation of guidelines, at Javeriana University, Colombia.
- Joined colleagues from the Joint Learning Network (JLN) and the JLN secretariat for a strategic and technical planning retreat in Bellagio, Italy.
- Participated in a number of activities during the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Assisted the Romanian Ministry of Health in revising the content of the basic health care service package.
December 2011: Video available of NICE Chairman Sir Michael Rawlins' presentation to the Second Regional Meeting on Right to Health and Health Systems held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sir Michael discusses the role of civil society in healthcare decision making, and outlines the steps NICE has taken to ensure societal views are incorporated into NICE recommendations.
November 2011: In collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, ran a series of interviews in Bangkok, Thailand to inform the Joint Learning Network Quality Track programme.
November 2011: Contributed to the second external expert evaluation of the Thai HTA agency, HITAP (Health Intervention and Technology Assessment programme), through a series of working group meetings in Bangkok.
October 2011: NICE International took part in the 4th annual World Bank Human Development Network meeting on Results Based Financing in Bangkok, where it had the opportunity to discuss the Quality and Outcomes Framework and its potential applications in emerging market economies faced with a growing burden of chronic disease, such as Vietnam.
October 2011: At the request of the Mexican Ministry of Health and with the support of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Inter American Development Bank, NICE International was represented at High Level Economic Talks between the UK and Mexico, in Mexico City. This is the beginning of what we hope to be a long term collaboration with our Mexican colleagues particularly in the area of technology appraisal and quality improvement as well as tackling chronic disease through population level public health interventions.
September 2011: NICE International - in partnership with the British Medical Journal - held the first Global Health event "Policy for effective and sustainable healthcare". Held over 2 days in London, the event brought together over 170 healthcare professionals and policy makers from around 25 countries. Read more >>
September 2011: Delivered introductory training on evidence-based guidance and quality improvement to Healthspring healthcare in Mumbai, India
August 2011: Delivered a three-and-a-half day hands-on practical workshop on modelling methods to guideline developers in Bogota. This is the second of the expert workshops organised with the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana to support clinical guideline development in Colombia.
August 2011: Francis Ruiz of NICE International and Alec Miners of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine gave presentations on health technology assessment (HTA) and economic evaluation methods at a one-day conference organised by Research Center for Social Protection and Health Economics (Centro de Estudios en Protección Social y Economía de la Salud, PROESA) in Cali, Colombia. Participants heard about international trends in priority setting including the increasing institutionalisation of health technology assessment as one tool to increase efficiency and quality in healthcare delivery, and the developing focus on quality metrics that may or not be linked to financial incentives. In addition, a detailed overview of economic evaluation methods was presented, and it's role in decision making was discussed. Key issues highlighted at the conference included the role of stakeholder engagement; using locally sourced data in HTA; the role of reviewing and adapting cost-effectiveness analyses from different jurisdictions; and the importance of applying locally derived social value judgements when interpreting the evidence.
August 2011: NICE International is leading a technical quality initiative in collaboration with the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) as part of the Joint Learning Network (JLN). The JLN is a cross-learning platform for low and middle income countries that are in the process of introducing health financing reforms with the aim of achieving universal health coverage for their population. Working on the principles of practitioner-to-practitioner learning and cross-country exchange it provides an environment and resources for these countries to share their experiences and challenges in implementing their reforms. The JLN is funded by several partners including the Rockefeller Foundation, Results for Developmentand the ACCESS Health Initiative.
Over the next two years NICE International and IHI will provide a structured environment for JLN country members to learn about the multiple options available for payer-led quality initiatives and how to organize and measure quality. They will also facilitate opportunities for these countries to test new, innovative approaches of linking finance-driven initiatives to enhance the quality of their healthcare improvement reforms.
August 2011: Hosted a senior delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MoHRSS) with particular responsibility for healthcare in urban areas. The delegation met with senior NICE staff and received presentations covering a range of NICE's functions, with a view to informing the ongoing reforms in China. MoHRSS colleagues also presented their work administering social insurance schemes for China's 1.3 billion population. We will be discussing how we may be able to assist MoHRSS with pharmaceutical pricing reforms, as they enter a period of negotiation with industry.
July 2011: A NICE International delegation was hosted by Renmin University in Beijing, China, for a two-day visit, one year after the inaugural joint meeting, In July 2010. The delegation participated in a conference on hospital performance and quality improvement attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, as well as hospital administrators and academics.
July 2011: The World Bank report "Toward a Healthy and Harmonious Life in China: Stemming the Rising Tide of Non-Communicable Diseases"” suggests possible policies and strategies to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in China. NCDs, such as heart attacks and strokes, lung cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes, are now the leading causes of premature death, ill health and disability, accounting for more than 80 percent of total annual deaths and 69 percent of the total disease burden in China. The report highlights the importance of developing local institutions to support this work, and discusses how NICE International has been working with the Chinese Ministry of Health to help establish a new agency in charge of conducting routine technology assessments and screening new drugs to guide resource allocation decisions and improve the cost effectiveness of service provision (page 22).
July 2011: NICE International was invited by Prof. Weng-Foung Huang to speak at a symposium on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) hosted by the National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan. Delegates heard about the role of NICE in translating evidence into guidance for the UK NHS. In addition there were presentations by other experts about the role and uses of HTA in Australia and the United States. Taiwanese policy makers and stakeholders, including the Center for Drug Evaluation (HTA division) also had the opportunity to learn more about NICE's methods and processes in separate meetings over two days. There was particular interest in how to involve patients and the public in HTA, the use of and estimation of a threshold in cost-effectiveness analysis, and the role of budget impact assessments.
July 2011: Attended and contributed to the Workshop on Country-Level Decision Making for Control of Chronic Diseases organised by the Institute of Medicine. The aim of the workshop was to identify the infrastructure and data requirements for the development of a set of tools to support country-led planning for the effective, efficient, and equitable provision of chronic disease control programs.
June 2011: NICE was one of the keynote speakers at the first European conference on health journalism “Health in the Headlines” held in Coventry. The conference gathered international journalists, health professionals and academics eager to improve the quality of reporting and coverage of health issues in the press and the media.
June 2011: NICE International staff attended and contributed to the 8th Annual meeting of Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi) in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. This included the design and delivery of a panel session on the importance of local institutions in healthcare decision-making; a presentation and panel discussion on the use of cost-effectiveness thresholds in decision making; and a closing plenary presentation and discussion from NICE International Director Kalipso Chalkidou.
June 2011: NICE International mentioned in HTAsiaLink newsletter, following participation earlier in the year at a symposium organised by NECA, Korea on determining the social value of a QALY; and in the discussions launching the Asia HTA network.
June 2011: Prof. Tom Treasure of University College London presented a poster showcasing NICE International collaboration with Andhra Pradesh on healthcare improvement at the annual UK Conference of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The event was held at UCL on the 29 June 2011. The poster builds on a workshop carried out by NICE International in Hyderbad in August 2009.
June 2011: Inaugral meeting of the Center for Global Development working group on Priority-Setting Institutions for Global Health held in Washington, DC. The group is co-chaired by NICE International Director Kalipso Chalkidou and aims to identify the characteristics of processes and institutions that are capable of transparently and ethically translating scientific and economic evidence and social preferences on health technologies into on-budget priorities in low- and middle-income settings. In addition, the group will assess current and potential international support for priority-setting institutions, recognizing that while public funding decisions are necessarily driven by local structures and values, shared regional or global information bases for decision-making, institutional design, technical accompaniment and peer support would add much needed value and support to traditionally opaque methods of resource allocation.
June 2011: Contributed to the third workshop of the Joint Learning Network (JLN) for universal health coverage in Mombasa. The workshop focused on expanding coverage to the informal sector and brought together practitioners from 10 countries (Africa and South East Asia) and international experts. Together with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement NICE International held a session on Quality - one of the four ‘tracks' of the JLN. Quality is a key component of universal healthcare coverage and all countries involved in these reforms are incorporating quality improvement initiatives in their implementation strategy.
May 2011: NICE International hosted a ministerial delegation from Taiwan. The Minister of Health Dr. Wen-Ta Chiu summarised the visit in these words: "I was impressed by your expertise in health and clinical research, and am grateful for what I learned there. Taiwan and Great Britain have worked together on many health and medical issue areas. I hope this visit will bring opportunities for further cooperation with your institute".
May 2011: Following an invitation by the Estonian National Institute for Health Development (NIHD), NICE International delivered two presentations at a conference on HIV/AIDS in Tallinn between 25 and 27 May, 2011). Reflecting an increasing interest in evidence-based policy making and economic evaluation in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, conference delegates heard about NICE's approach to developing its recommendations, particularly the important role played by stakeholders. Delegates also heard about recently published NICE guidance on increasing the uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men (PH34) and black Africans in England (PH33).
May 2011: NICE International was invited to participate in a session on setting priorities in healthcare, facilitated by the World Bank and held at Hospitalar 2011, the largest hospital exhibition in Latin America and second largest in the world, in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The panel included representatives of ANVISA, the Brazilian regulatory agency; the Peruvian hospital association and Cochrane Brazil.
April 2011: Contributing to an international comparative analysis of Social Values in Healthcare Priority setting, led by University College London.The project aims to compare the decisions made about resource allocation in health care by different countries, and to explore the differing social values that shape those choices.
March 2011: Completed fieldwork to support the evaluation of Clinical Pathways in rural China.
March 2011: As a member of an international team of experts, contributed to the preparation of policy measures to improve the quality and availability of health services in the underserved region of Tunisia, with an emphasis on mobile outreach services and public Involvement (Citizens' Councils) in the monitoring of service performance.
February 2011: Participated in a symposium in Lima, Peru, hosted and organised by EsSalud on the subject of healthcare priority setting in Latin American countries.
February 2011: On 24 February the Georgian Ministry of Labour Health and Social Affairs (MOLHSA) launched the Georgian Clinical guideline on the diagnosis and initial management of acute stroke & transient ischaemic attack (TIA). The event was introduced by the Deputy Minister Mr. David Lomidze and Director of Health Dr. Rusudan Rukhadze. The guideline was adapted from the NICE guideline (CG68) and was developed collaboratively with NICE International. A Quick Reference Guide and Patient document have also been produced as well as a Guidelines manual for Georgia. A vignette describing the project is available.
Dr Rusudan said the development and implementation of clinical guidelines and protocols is essential for Georgia, especially in the context of the health care reforms, building of new hospitals and training of health professionals. The MoLHSA is working closely with the insurance companies and donor organisations to implement this guideline and to improve the quality of care and services for the all Georgian citizens.
February 2011: Contributed as a discussant at the Georgian Healthcare 2020 MEDEA 2011 conference in Washington. The conference aimed, amongst other things to generate awareness about the current developments in the Georgian healthcare system and to identify strategic institutional directions for 2011-2020. It brought together Government of Georgia officials, representatives of US and international organizations, non-governmental and private sector stakeholders.
January 2011: With the support of the World Bank and the Oxford Clinical Trials Unit, NICE International organised a 4-day visit to Vietnam, to explore whether and how it could add value in the context of Vietnam's ongoing health reforms.
January 2011: Developed a series of vignettesshowcasing some of NICE International's completed projects.
December 2010: At the invitation of the Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan and with support from the World Bank, presented an overview of NICE (its programmes, governance, its impact on practice and role in quality assurance) to a multidisciplinary audience at an open forum in Baku. The meeting was chaired by the rector of Azerbaijan State Institute for Advanced Training of Doctors and the Director of the Public Health Reform centre.
November 2010: Delivered a 7 day course on Health Technology Assessment and Evidence-Based Medicine to Brazilian Ministry of Health staff and other Brazilian policy makers. The course covered systematic reviewing, evidence synthesis (including an introduction to network meta-analysis) and the economic evaluation of health technologies.
November 2010: In collaboration with Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the Kenya Paediatric Association and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, undertook a scoping visit to Nairobi, Kenya to explore what assistance they may be able to provide in the development of paediatric clinical practice guidelines in Kenya.
October 2010: With the support of the World Bank and Georgian Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, NICE International held a workshop for policy makers in Tbilisi in October 2010. The purpose of the workshop was to inform thinking at senior government and managerial level for the institutionalization of a high-quality, realistic and sustainable quality care programme (including clinical guidelines) in Georgia, drawing on NICE's experience of working in the UK and other countries and the early lessons emerging from the MoLHSA-NICE collaboration.
October 2010: Attended and contributed to the First Latin American Conference on the Design, Implementation, and Adjustment of Health Benefits Packages (HBP) in Santiago, Chile. The conference provided information on HBP and the challenges associated with its design, implementation and adjustment; discussed motivations behind prioritization policies as evidenced by health spending, and the technical and procedural challenges associated with explicit prioritization.
September 2010: Provided technical support to a 2 day workshop on the 28-29 September in Tunisia with the Ministry of Health, other key national organisations and the World Bank to determine the needs and strategic approach for institutionalising health care quality in Tunisia. The workshop formed part of the policy reforms to strengthen institutional capacity for regulating the quality of health services in Tunisia.
September 2010: From 20-22 September, NICE International, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank, held a series of workshops in Bogota, Colombia. The workshops were held with members of the Colombian Ministry of Health, Judiciary and congress and had the aim of exploring if and how NICE's experience could be useful in the context of the current government efforts to strengthen priority setting and decision making within their ongoing healthcare reforms. Press coverage from the visit can be found at the links below.
September 2010: Signed a memorandum of understanding with the China National Health Development Research Center within the Chinese Ministry of Health. The MoU outlines how the two organisations will work together over the next five years to support a new institution responsible for promoting quality and efficiency in healthcare across China. The signing was witnessed by China's Deputy Health Minister Chen Xiaohong.
September 2010: NICE has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Thai Ministry of Public Health outlining "A Strategic and technical collaboration in regards to evidence-informed policy and practice". The MOU confirms the intention of the two parties to share their experience of the development and use of evidence to inform clinical policy and practice. The Thai MoPH and NICE will exchange institutional expertise and experiences concerning the application of health technology assessment (HTA), including topic selection, evidence assessment and appraisal, and the implementation of bringing HTA-based decisions into practice. They will also explore opportunities for conducting collaborative projects with the aim of establishing HTA in other resource-limited countries, particularly in Asia and Africa
September 2010: Attended and presented at the first WHO global forum on medical devices in Bangkok, Thailand. The programme focussed on the availability, accessibility, appropriateness, and affordability of medical devices. These four components help to widen the scope of the medical device agenda so that it does not just focus on “upstream” innovation efforts but also on choosing which medical devices to procure in a rational way, responding to the needs, and in ensuring that they are used as effectively as possible to best improve health. A presentation from NICE Chief Executive, Sir Andrew Dillon, is available for download.
August 2010:Senior NICE staff hosted panel sessions and workshops at the 5th Singapore Public Health & Occupational Medicine Conference and 4th Asian Regional Health Technology Assessment Conference in Singapore from 18-20 August. The conference aimed to bring together international experts to enhance understanding of the methods and techniques that are available for developing better health research and harnessing information currently in the public domain.
July 2010: Hosted visits from Health Secretaries from the Indian states of Andra Pradesh and Kerala, who expressed their commitment to looking into applying the NICE model of decision making to their own setting.
July 2010: Senior members of NICE staff attended and contributed to the International conference on assessment and approval of medicine and healthcare technology held at Renmin University, Beijing. The conference brought together experts in Health Technology Assessment from the UK, US, Australia and China, with the aim of contributing to the ongoing development of research and evidence-based policy making in healthcare in China and elsewhere.
June 2010: NICE International's work assisting in the development of a clinical guideline pilot in Jordan was showcased at the Global Medicine Transparency Alliance forum in London. The presentation is available to download from the Global MeTA forum website.
June 2010: NICE is mentioned in a new World Bank publication as “... the best known example of a scientific institution that provides detailed assessments of new therapies...[and] models for quantification of the value of innovation.” (page 65) The book highlights how providing access to safe, effective medicines is a major challenge for many health systems in low- and middle-income countries. It offers policy makers a hands-on approach, tested in the World Bank's field work in many countries, for assessing the pharmaceutical sector, recognizing typical “patterns of dysfunction” and developing strategies to quickly deal with the most urgent problems while at the same time building a platform for sustainable long term.
May 2010: NICE International is assisting the Colombian Ministry of Social Protection in identifying effective policy options to increase the quality and efficiency of care.
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