NICE 2007/08 annual report
‘Change and development are defining characteristics, both of the world we are part of and of NICE itself. Responding by improving our guidance, and how we go about developing it, is a constant, positive aspect of the way we work.' This is the key message from Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chairman and Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive of NICE in the organisation's annual report for 2007/08.
The report describes how NICE is making more guidance available more quickly. For example, more single technology appraisals are being produced closer to the point at which they become available in the NHS. In addition, 2007/08 saw the introduction of a ‘short' clinical guideline process which helpsNICE respond faster to urgent NHS questions relating to a specific part of any given care pathway.
The first short clinical guideline, on recognising and responding to acute illness among adults in hospital, was published in July 2007. The second, published in February 2008, covers surgical treatment of ‘glue ear'.
NICE advice on new treatments, particularly drugs, continues to have a high profile. The report cites the judicial review of NICE guidance on drugs for treating Alzheimer's disease. The outcome of the subsequent appeal means we will have to improve on what the Court of Appeal described as our ‘highly commendable' approach to sharing information with consultees, by releasing fully executable versions of economic models.
‘We view all this positively,' says Sir Michael and Andrew Dillon. ‘We set internationally recognised standards for developing evidence-based advice and so people's expectations of us are very high. Making sure our guidance is fair is very important to us. This is more than ensuring that we have looked at the right evidence and involved those who are affected by or have an interest in our work. It also means complying with our responsibilities to help reduce inequality in access to healthcare and avoiding unintentional discrimination, on grounds of race, or sex or disability.'
The report includes sections on NICE's clinical guidelines, technology appraisals, interventional procedures and public health guidance. Each is illustrated with case studies highlighting the key issues tackled or how the guidance will be put into practice. The way patients and the public are involved in helping to develop these different types of guidance is also described, along with the work of our implementation team.
The 'Annual Report 2007/08´ is available on the website
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