Topic selection

We provide independent, authoritative and evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health, reducing inequalities and variation.

An important part of this work is ensuring we consider suitable topics that, once we have developed them into guidance, will add value and support healthcare professionals and others to make sure that the care they provide is of the best possible quality and offers the best value for money. The topics NICE consider come from a number of sources such as clinical and public health professionals, patients, carers and the general public.

Find out how different teams at NICE select their topics for development into information, advice and guidance

    • Technology Appraisals

    • Are recommendations on the use of new and existing medicines and treatments within the NHS in England and Wales. Potential topics are identified by the National Institute for Health Research Horizon Scanning Centre.

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    • Clinical Guidelines

    • Recommendations based on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS in England and Wales. Clinical guidelines are based on the best available evidence.

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    • Public Health

    • Guidance makes recommendations for populations and individuals on activities, policies and strategies that can help prevent disease or improve health.

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    • Quality Standards

    • Are a concise set of statements designed to drive and measure priority quality improvements within a particular area of care. Topics will be referred to NICE by the NHS Commissioning Board for health-related areas, and by the Department of Health and Department for Education for non-health areas such as social care.

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    • Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF)

    • Rewards practices for the provision of 'quality care' and helps to standardise improvements in the delivery of clinical care. NICE is responsible for managing an independent and transparent approach to developing the QOF clinical and health improvement indicators.

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    • Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set

    • CCG OIS is part of the NHS Commissioning Board's systematic approach to promoting quality improvement. NICE is responsible for developing indicators for the CCG OIS from quality standards

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    • Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme

    • Selects and evaluates new or innovative medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics). Sponsors can notify medical devices and diagnostics that meet the eligibility criteria directly to the programme for topic selection consideration.

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    • Diagnostic Assessment Programme

    • Focuses on the evaluation of innovative medical diagnostic technologies in order to ensure that the NHS is able to adopt clinically and cost effective technologies rapidly and consistently.

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    • Interventional Procedures

    • IP assesses the safety and efficacy of (mainly) new procedures that are used for diagnosis or treatment that involve incision, puncture, entry into a body cavity or the use of ionising, electromagnetic or acoustic energy.

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    • Evidence summaries: New medicines

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

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    • Evidence summaries: Unlicensed/off-label meds

    • Providing summaries of the best available evidence on selected unlicensed and off-label medicines, designed to meet demand for information to inform local NHS planning and decision-making.

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    • Highly Specialised Technologies

    • Are recommendations on when and how a technology should be commissioned for use in the NHS in England. The programme will develop guidance on a small number of medicines aimed at treating patients with very rare diseases and very complex healthcare needs.

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