Our features take an in-depth look at the work that NICE does and how our guidance can improve care for patients and empower health professionals to deliver the most clinically- and cost-effective care.

Behind the Headlines:  Is NICE influenced by pharma?
We take a closer look at media claims that NICE is influenced by the pharmaceutical industry.
March 12, 2014

Behind the Headlines ? Prostate cancer drug decision a cruel twist
We take a closer look at media coverage that claims our prostate cancer drug decision is a "cruel twist" for patients.
February 4, 2014

Will elderly patients miss out on new drugs?
Will elderly patients miss out on new drugs? Here we take a closer look at proposed changes to NICE's apprasial system.
January 10, 2014

Improving the mental wellbeing of older people in care homes
More than 400,000 older people currently live in care homes, a figure set to increase given the UK?s ageing population.
December 13, 2013

Ensuring our guidance reflects latest research
The evidence base for medical procedures is constantly evolving, with new research on their safety and clinical effectiveness being published all the time.
November 29, 2013

Exploring the impact of NICE technology appraisals
As NICE publishes its 300th technology appraisal, we look back at the impact they have had on patient care.
November 27, 2013

Could preventing acute kidney injury hold the key to cutting the number of avoidable deaths on the NHS?
Could preventing acute kidney injury hold the key to cutting the number of avoidable deaths on the NHS?
August 28, 2013

Measures to improve the care for people who self-harm
The number of people who self-harm has risen steadily over the past two decades, meaning the UK now has one of the highest rates in Europe.
July 23, 2013

What are the options for women with inherited breast cancer?
Following Angelina Jolie?s decision to go public with the news that she has had a double mastectomy for breast cancer, we explore who is at risk and the treatment options available for women on the NHS.
May 21, 2013

Behind the Headlines:Will all pregnant women be breathalysed for smoking?
Latest media reports suggest that all pregnant women will be made to take a breath test for smoking. Here we take a closer look at what was exactly recommended.
May 13, 2013

Improving production times for guidance on new pharmaceuticals
One of NICE?s regular functions is to produce recommendations on the use of new and existing medicines and treatments in the NHS.
March 15, 2013

Helping to prevent death from the 'five big killers'
This week, a major study revealed that despite some progress, the UK is falling far behind neighbouring countries in preventing deaths among those under 75, known as premature mortality.
March 8, 2013

Improving the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy
Recent research has found that that the number of children being treated with epilepsy has fallen dramatically in the last decade.
March 5, 2013

What should NICE take into account when developing social care guidance?
What should NICE take into account when developing social care guidance?
February 11, 2013

Using NICE guidance to remodel services for type 2 diabetes
With the deadline for entries for the NICE 2013 Shared Learning Awards just a week away, a number of primary care organisations have been submitting their examples of creative uses of NICE guidance.
January 23, 2013

Reducing the use of antibiotics for respiratory infections
The discovery of antibiotics and its consequent impact on the treatment of illness is widely seen as a breakthrough in medical care.
December 24, 2012

How NICE can help GPs register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
How NICE can help GPs register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
December 20, 2012

How NICE can help Clinical Commissioning Groups deliver high quality care
Find out about the range of NICE products that can help Clinical Commissioning Groups deliver high quality care.
December 18, 2012

Staying healthy this festive season
Find out how NICE guidance can help you stay healthy this festive season.
December 12, 2012

How NICE is improving its guideline process
How NICE is improving its guideline process.
December 6, 2012

Providing help for those who self harm
The pace and complexity of modern life, with its associated stresses and strains, is having an increasing impact on people?s mental health and wellbeing.
November 16, 2012

Consistent food labelling system set for 2013
A consistent system of front-of-pack food labelling will be introduced in the UK next year, as the government attempts to curb growing rates of obesity.
November 2, 2012

NICE Pathways ? the fast and easy way to access NICE guidance and products
How NICE Pathways can provide fast and easy access to NICE guidance and products for primary care health professionals.
September 26, 2012

Helping members of the South Asian community quit smokeless tobacco
Latest NICE public health guidance can help members of the South Asian community quit smokeless tobacco.
September 26, 2012

Encouraging physical activity
As London counts down to the 2012 Olympics, experts call for more to be done to encourage people to be physically active
July 18, 2012

Turning the tide of type 2 diabetes
Diabetes is one of the world?s fastest growing conditions, with the rate of people developing the condition showing no signs of slowing down.
July 12, 2012

Diabetes: a ticking time bomb for the NHS?
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing conditions worldwide, with the International Diabetes Federation predicting that at least one-in-ten adults could have the illness by 2030.
June 26, 2012

NICE accreditation ? raising the standard of guidance production
Professor David Haslam, Chair of NICE's Accreditation Advisory Committee, explains how the NICE Accreditation Programme will play a central role in helping the UK become the world leader in guidance production.
May 24, 2012

Behind The Headlines: Does NICE take too long to approve drugs?
The Daily Mail has claimed that patients are waiting up to nine years for drugs to be made available on the NHS. Here we explain why the story is inaccurate and misleading.
May 21, 2012

Tackling tuberculosis among hard-to-reach groups
Find out how new guidance from NICE aims to reduce cases of tuberculosis among hard-to-reach groups.
March 23, 2012

Smoking and health: 50 years on
Fifty years on since the Royal College of Physicians' landmark report on smoking and health, find out how NICE is helping people quit.
March 8, 2012

Behind the headlines: 'Government delaying cancer drug approvals'
NICE responds to news reports in February 2012 that Government is delaying cancer drug approvals
February 27, 2012

Making sure pregnant and breastfeeding women receive vitamin D
Why pregnant and breastfeeding women should receive vitamin D supplements, and how NICE can help.
February 21, 2012

New Year, new lifestyle, new you  
Millions of us will make a New Year's resolution to improve our health, but sticking to it can be tough. Find out how NICE can help.
January 3, 2012

Tackling healthcare-associated infections
A quality improvement guide from NICE aims to help hospitals tackle healthcare-associated infections.
December 8, 2011

How should NICE assess future costs and health benefits?
Should immediate costs and health benefits be treated differently from those that occur in the future? This was the latest topic for NICE's Citizens Council.
November 9, 2011

Making the most of NICE guidance - advice for practices
Busy schedules and the demands of running a practice can make it difficult to keep up to date with the latest guidance and quality standards from NICE. To help GPs with this, we have come up with a few tips to ensure that practices can making the best use of the guidance we produce each month.
October 26, 2011

Behind the headlines: Is workplace stress on the rise?
Stress is now the leading cause of long-term sickness in the workplace, according to reports in the media last week.
October 11, 2011

Fighting food allergies among schoolchildren
As children start the new school term, concerns over the threat of food allergies might prey on the minds of many parents.
September 20, 2011

Helping to stub out smoking
Helping smokers to give up is one of the biggest challenges for NHS services up and down the country. Find out how Bolton PCT is using NICE guidance to tackle the problem.
September 13, 2011

How NICE guidelines are transforming services for brain cancer patients
How NICE guidelines are helping to transform services and improve care for patients diagnosed with brain cancer.
August 25, 2011

Behind the Headlines: Is salt good for you?
"Salt is safe to eat and cutting our daily intake does nothing to lower the risk of suffering from heart disease," suggest media reports. Here we take a closer look at the evidence behind those claims.
July 7, 2011

Putting patients at the heart of NICE's work
Linda Facey, a patient who worked on the recent ovarian cancer guideline, explains how she got involved with NICE and describes her experience of being a member of a guideline development group (GDG).
April 28, 2011

NICE gives evidence on the Health and Social Care Bill
The health and social care system in England is being significantly reformed. Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive of NICE, gave evidence as part of the Bill's progress through the House of Commons.
February 14, 2011

Behind The Headlines
Last week saw the publication of the Health and Social Care Bill, the Government's vision to modernise the NHS. But what does it mean for NICE?
January 24, 2011

Evidence Search: Helping students identify high-quality information
Sophie Khatib, a pharmacy student at the University of Huddersfield, explains how NHS Evidence is proving to be an invaluable study tool.
December 9, 2010

The local face of NICE
NICE's team of implementation consultants travel the length and breadth of the country providing advice and updates for healthcare professionals and those working in local authorites.
December 1, 2010

Behind the Headlines
Are mums-to-be being given enough advice on weight management during and after pregnancy?
November 22, 2010

Tackling the rise in sexually transmitted infections
The number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has reached record levels, with almost half a million new cases diagnosed in the UK last year.
September 16, 2010

Will all pregnant women be made to take a breath test to see if they smoke?
Media reports have claimed that all pregnant women will be put "under pressure" to take a smoking breath test. Here we take a closer look at exactly what was recommended by NICE.
July 26, 2010

Should incentives be used to encourage healthy living?
Last week, NICE's Citizens Council - a group which brings the views of the public to NICE's decision-making - spent two days debating the ins and outs of using incentives as an effective way of encouraging people to make positive lifestyle changes, such as giving up smoking or losing weight.
May 26, 2010

How NICE could save the NHS millions
The NHS could save the NHS millions - at a time when healthcare budgets are being squeezed - by following NICE guidance, according to a review by the Institute.
April 27, 2010

NICE to produce guidance to tackle smoking
NICE is to produce a range of public health guidance to encourage people to give up smoking, after the Department of Health announced the latest topics to be referred to our work programme.
March 16, 2010

NICE issues guidance to promote safety standards for donor breast milk
The NICE guideline on donor breast milk could play a major role in helping to raise awareness of donor milk and the opportunities to become a breast milk donor.
February 24, 2010

Looked-after guidance to improve quality of life for children and young people
NICE and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have issued joint draft guidance on improving the quality of life for looked-after children and young people.
February 15, 2010

Patients, the public and priorities in healthcare
A new book explores how patients and the public interact with NICE
December 10, 2009

NICE consults on prevention of unintentional injuries in the home
NICE is developing public health guidance on the prevention of unintentional injuries in the home amongst under 15s, that will focus on the supply and installation of home safety equipment and home-risk assessments.
November 11, 2009

NICE 2008/09 annual report
The publication of the NICE 2008/09 Annual Report marks the Institute's 10th anniversary year.
July 13, 2009

NICE to provide more advice on effective new devices and diagnostics
NICE has been asked by the Department of Health to coordinate the evaluation of innovative medical devices and diagnostics in the NHS, in recognition of the need to improve the process of identifying, evaluating and adopting effective new medical devices and diagnostics.
July 1, 2009

Acutely ill people in hospital
A new report produced by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) has recognised the importance to patients of NICE guidance in the care of acutely ill people in hospital.
July 1, 2009

NICE interventional procedures programme publishes landmark 300th guideline
In May, NICE published its 300th piece of interventional procedures (IP) guidance which recommends whether interventional procedures used for diagnosis or treatment are safe enough and work well enough for routine use in the NHS.
June 23, 2009

Harnessing the power of the front-line clinician
As we approach the first anniversary of the Next Stage Review, we take a look at Lord Ara Darzi's vision for high quality care for all.
June 12, 2009

Citizens Council report on departing from the threshold
NICE's Citizens Council have concluded that NICE should recommend treatments costing more than £30,000 per QALY, if the treatment is life-saving, or when the illness is extremely severe.
May 29, 2009

NICE 10 years on
Since its inception, NICE has frequently hit the headlines, and is now a familiar name to most people across the UK. NICE has even gained recognition abroad, with many countries considering NICE as a template for similar organisations in their healthcare systems.
April 28, 2009

Getting involved with NICE
Bren McInerney, Health Involvement Lead at Barton and Tredworth Community Trust, Gloucestershire, talks about his work as a lay representative for NICE.
February 2, 2009

NICE Shared Learning Awards 2008
Fetal monitoring, improving life for isolated older people and linking primary care trust (PCT) commissioning to GP education - these were the issues tackled by the three winners of our 2008 Shared Learning Awards.
January 19, 2009

Report on 'NICE 2008 - excellence in action'
Over 1,000 delegates from the NHS, local authorities and the community and voluntary sectors, joined us at our annual conference in Manchester, where they heard from more than a 100 speakers and helped us celebrate our achievements over the past 10 years.
January 5, 2009

New guide for local authorities
NICE guidance can help everyone involved in tackling health inequalities and improving health, according to a new booklet explaining how to put our guidance into practice.
December 4, 2008

Final call for NICE 2008: excellence in action
Places are still available for 'NICE 2008: excellence in action', which is taking place at Manchester Central Convention Complex from 3-4 December.
November 24, 2008

QOF consultation
NICE could oversee the development of the quality and outcomes framework (QOF), a programme of incentives offered annually to GP surgeries in the UK.
November 10, 2008

End of life medicines: consultation
NICE has issued new advice for the Appraisal Committees when they are asked to look at the use of life-extending medicines licensed for small populations with terminal illnesses.
November 4, 2008

NICE to host Evidence Search
NICE will manage the synthesis and spread of knowledge on good clinical and non-clinical practice through NHS Evidence, a new service for ensuring health service staff have access to quality assured information.
September 15, 2008

NICE 2007/08 annual report
How NICE is making more guidance available more quickly.
September 1, 2008

Measuring effectiveness and cost effectiveness: the QALY
To ensure our judgements are fair, we use a standard and internationally recognised method to compare different drugs and measure their clinical effectiveness: the quality-adjusted life years measurement (the 'QALY').
August 18, 2008

NICE welcomes 'NHS next stage review final report'
As the NHS celebrates its 60th birthday, NICE has been given a central role in ensuring that  the NHS is truly evidence-based and quality driven.
July 14, 2008

NICE opens up its committee meetings to the public
From June 2008, NICE is opening its standing committee meetings to public observers as part of its commitment to openness and transparency.
June 2, 2008

NICE 2008: highlights, including the Shared Learning Awards
The event will feature a range of 'real life' case studies during a mix of plenary and mini-plenary sessions, master classes and workshops. ews and views on the design, delivery and audit of NICE guidance. One of the highlights of the event will be the presentation of the Shared Learning Awards for those who have shared their experiences of implementing NICE guidance (including what did and didn?t work) with us.
May 6, 2008

NICE Equality Scheme: workshops for people with disabilities
More than 20 people attended two NICE workshops on involving people with disabilities in our work in a more structured, systematic and significant way. They included individuals with disabilities and representatives of disability interest groups.
April 21, 2008

NICE responds to Health Select Committee report
NICE has a vital role to play in prioritising the use of scarce resources within the NHS, according to the Health Select Committee's second report into our work.
March 31, 2008

Into practice
'Into practice', an electronic bulletin specifically designed for those who use NICE guidance, was launched in March 2007. Published on the second Wednesday of each month, it contains direct links to our latest implementation tools.
February 11, 2008

NICE 2007: evidence into practice
The ninth annual NICE conference took place in Manchester, our northern home, in the first week of December. Back by popular demand as conference facilitator, GP and entertainer Dr Phil Hammond provoked lively debate on how to get evidence into practice (the event's central theme).
January 8, 2008

Patient safety first
NICE and the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) have joined forces to produce recommendations for the NHS on how to reduce the risk of prescribing errors when patients are  admitted to, or discharged from, hospital.
December 14, 2007

NICE consults on social values
Should social background, age or lifestyle ever influence our decisions? What importance should we put on cost-effectiveness analysis? Find out in the second edition of 'Social value judgements: principles for the development of NICE guidance'.
November 19, 2007

NICE supports Lung Cancer Awareness Month
NICE is supporting Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign run by Macmillan Cancer Support and The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation (RCLCF) to increase awareness of the early signs and symptoms of the disease.
November 5, 2007

Recommendation reminders
NICE's 'recommendation reminders' help the NHS make better use of its resources by reminding staff of advice issued in our previous guidance.
October 22, 2007

Outcome of judicial review for NICE guidance on drugs for Alzheimer's disease
The judicial review of our guidance on Alzheimer's disease ruled in favour of NICE on five out of the six grounds bought in court. As a result, Donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine continue to be recommended only for people with moderate Alzheimer's disease.
October 19, 2007

NICE Annual Report 2006/07
The first national guidance to address both prevention and treatment of a condition (obesity), a faster process for appraising new technologies and the introduction of commissioning guides are just a few of the highlights of the past financial year for NICE.
August 9, 2007

Website developments
Since relaunching the NICE website last year we've continued to introduce new sections and enhance existing features.
June 14, 2007

Shared Learning Award
A new Shared Learning Award has been established to celebrate the best submissions to our shared learning database.
June 14, 2007

NICE supports Lung Cancer Awareness Month
NICE is supporting Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign run by Macmillan Cancer Support and The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation (RCLCF) to increase awareness of the early signs and symptoms of the disease.
June 14, 2007

It's NICE in Manchester
Our Manchester office is celebrating its first anniversary this month. It now houses over 50 staff.
June 14, 2007

HTAi 2007 - HTA for evidence-based public health
Come and visit NICE's stand at the fourth annual Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) event. The conference offers the opportunity for health professionals, policy makers and others to come together to exchange ideas on how to improve international healthcare.
June 14, 2007

Countdown to NICE 2006 conference is on
Our 2006 conference will explore the challenges of using evidence to inform health and social care decisions and to justify the choices made.
June 14, 2007

Update on Herceptin appraisal
We have not issued final guidance to the NHS on Herceptin. We have published draft guidance on its use with women who have early stage HER2-positive breast cancer. These draft recommendations are subject to an appeal period that closes on 28 June 2006.
June 14, 2007

NICE sets up expert consideration panels to support topic selection process
NICE is setting up seven expert consideration panels to assess topics that have been put forward as possible subjects for us to provide guidance on. Members will include health, social care and public health professionals, academics and patient, carer and community representatives.
June 14, 2007

NICE Annual Report 2005/06
2005/06 saw the launch of NICE's first public health guidance. It also saw the introduction of a new process that almost halves the time it takes to produce guidance on life saving drugs. These are just two of the highlights of 2005/06 covered in our latest 'Annual Report'.
June 14, 2007

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