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Living well for longer: preventing premature mortality

Local authorities have a key role to play in preventing and reducing premature deaths from non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and alcohol-related liver conditions. By tackling these diseases, they will also help reduce health inequalities, because the more disadvantaged people are, the more likely they are to die before they reach 75.

NICE has been producing evidence-based guidance on cost effective action to prevent disease and promote good health (public health guidance) since 2005. Living well for longer - Preventing premature mortality, summarises the actions local authorities can take to reduce premature mortality.

Download the summary Living well for longer - Preventing premature mortality

Read the feature on the Government´s strategy to prevent premature mortality

Healthcare-associated infections quality improvement guide

Following a referral from the Department of Health, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), in partnership with the Health Protection Agency (HPA), have developed this quality improvement guide. The guide offers advice on management or organisational actions to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) in secondary care settings.

Go to the quality improvement guide

Special reports

Blood alcohol concentration.

Two special reports produced by NICE, on behalf of the Department for Transport focus on reducing the number of alcohol-related road deaths. The reports examine the potential effects of reducing the UK's legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit.

Health systems and health related behaviour change

In 2010 NICE, working with the World Health Organisation, produced this special report on health systems and health related behaviour change. It presents a review and analysis of evidence from research literature, NICE public health guidance, and NICE public health stakeholder responses about features of health and public health systems that promote and support health related behaviour change.

Supporting local investment in public health

This paper summarises a recent project carried out by NICE to develop potential new methods for determining the cost impact of - and returns on investment (ROI) from - public health interventions.

HDA publications

In 2005, NICE inherited the functions of the Health Development Agency (HDA) which produced evidence-based publications on the promotion of public health. The HDA's publications are available to download.

Referral advice

In 2001, NICE published a referral advice booklet with guidance for health professionals on referring from general to specialist services. This has been superseded by the NICE referral advice recommendations database, which was created, and is maintained, by NICE's Research and Development team. Read further information about the team's work.

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