New guide for local authorities
NICE guidance can help everyone involved in tackling health inequalities and improving health. That's the message from a new booklet, How to put NICE guidance into practice to improve the health and wellbeing of communities: practical steps for local authorities.
Launched at the beginning of December, the booklet is aimed at local authority chief executives, senior officers and others who lead on health and wellbeing. It describes how NICE guidance can help take forward the priorities set out in joint strategic needs assessments and how it can also be used to meet local area agreement targets.
For example, our guidance on physical activity and the environment helps planners ensure all new developments encourage people to be physically active. In addition, NICE has set a number of standards for local authorities as employers to help improve the health of staff. This includes recommendations on how to help them to stop smoking and how to create a positive environment for breastfeeding.
The booklet describes the six principles involved in implementing NICE guidance effectively:
- support from the chief executive and clear leadership
- a dedicated resource
- support from a multi-agency group
- systematic approach to commissioning and financial planning
- systematic approach to implementation
- systematic evaluation of the implementation process
It also describes the practical steps involved in implementation: from identifying a lead and developing an action plan to raising awareness of the guidance and disseminating it.
A list of the type of implementation tools we offer is given, along with a forward planner summarising published and forthcoming guidance likely to be of interest.
All this is backed up by case studies and quotes from local authorities that have already implemented NICE guidance on behaviour change, alcohol misuse and physical activity and the environment.
This page was last updated: 12 July 2010