Structure of NICE

Centre for Clinical Practice (CCP)

CCP develops guidance, in the form of clinical guidelines, on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases or conditions for people working in the NHS. It also contains the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre, which continues the work of the National Prescribing Centre which joined NICE in 2011. The directorate is also responsible for distributing the British National Formulary (BNF) medicines guide to the NHS.

Centre for Public Health (CPH)

CPH develops guidance on the prevention of ill health. Its guidance is aimed at those working in the NHS, local authorities, the wider public, and private and voluntary sectors. NICE's public health guidance focuses on a particular topic (such as smoking), population (such as children), or setting (such as the workplace). CPHE is also responsible for producing Public Health Briefings for Local Government, providing advice on the public health actions that are most effective and provide best value for money.

Centre for Health Technology Evaluation (CHTE)

CHTE develops guidance, including technology appraisals, on the use of new and existing treatments and procedures within the NHS, such as medicines, medical devices, diagnostic techniques and surgical and other interventional procedures. It is also responsible for the Patient Access Scheme Liaison Unit and the Scientific Advice Programme, as well as hosting the NICE Topic Selection Programme. The directorate also includes the Research and Development team, which helps to improve the methods that NICE uses to develop guidance and encourages partners to commission research relevant to our work.

Communications Directorate

The communications directorate is responsible for raising awareness of NICE's work among key audiences and external partners, and for protecting and enhancing our reputation by using the most effective channels. The directorate manages the publication and dissemination of NICE guidance, runs the NICE website and handles press and public enquiries.

Health and Social Care Directorate

The directorate includes the Quality Systems team, responsible for producing a range of products to improve quality within the NHS including quality standards, which act as markers of high-quality, cost-effective patient care; the Accreditation Advisory Committee, which assesses the robustness of processes used for health and social care development; the NICE Fellows and Scholars Programme, which recognises the achievement and promise of NHS health professionals, contributes to their professional development, and fosters a growing network of health professionals linked to NICE who will help to improve the quality of care in their local areas; the Public Involvement Programme, which develops and supports opportunities to involve patients, carers and the public in NICE's work; and the NICE implementation team, which develops tools and commissioning guides to help people put our guidance into practice, actively engages with the NHS and works nationally to encourage a supportive environment. Along with the communications directorate, the Health and Social Care directorate looks after NICE Pathways - an online tool that brings together all NICE guidance and associated products in an easy to access format. The Health Technologies Adoption Programme (HTAP) facilitates the adoption of selected medical and diagnostic technologies across the NHS.

Evidence Resources Directorate

The Evidence Resources directorate manages the NICE Evidence Services and the UK PharmaScan database. It also delivers a number of supporting functions to the rest of NICE. NICE Evidence Services are a suite of services that provide internet access to high quality authoritative evidence and best practice. UK PharmaScan is a horizon-scanning database populated by manufacturers with information on new medicines in development. Within Evidence Resources, the Information Management and Technology team supports all NICE digital services, including the NICE website, NICE Evidence Services and developing mobile technology. The Information Resources team provides access to quality information to support guidance development and other NICE programmes, identifying, selecting and appraising new evidence. The Engagement and Management team is responsible for all user research activity conducted by NICE and also commissions and manages contracts for online content available to NHS England through NICE Evidence Search.

Business, Planning and Resources Directorate

This directorate manages business planning, finance, human resources, corporate governance, IT services, and estates and facilities for NICE.

This page was last updated: 30 August 2013

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