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 the Institute's latest 'Annual Report'.
The first two pieces of public health guidance - on brief interventions to help people stop smoking or to become more physically active - were published, as promised, at the end of the 2005/06 financial year. They were aimed not just at the NHS (NICE's target audience for its clinical advice) but at local authorities and the wider public, community and voluntary sectors.
The new Centre for Public Health Excellence (CPHE), which produced the guidance, also started work on a number of new topics referred by the Department of Health. These include: maternal and child nutrition, behaviour change, smoking cessation services, sexually transmitted infections and teenage conception.
In addition, NICE launched its single technology appraisal (STA) process for assessing drugs and other treatments. The aim is to speed up the guidance development process on life-saving drugs that have already been licensed, and on new medicines close to when they first become available.
The STA process is similar to NICE's Multiple Technology Appraisal (MTA) process but focuses on just one technology. As a result, guidance can be produced within 32-39 weeks, rather than 60 or more weeks for an MTA.
The existing MTA process, for more complex appraisals, was used to produce 10 pieces of guidance during 2005/06. These provide recommendations on drugs to treat a range of conditions, from advanced colorectal cancer to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.
Total knee replacements (using mini-incisions) and the prevention of snoring (using radiofrequency ablation of the soft palate) were just two of the 47 topics covered by our guidelines on interventional procedures during the year.
In addition, 10 clinical guidelines were produced. These tackle a range of topics, from the treatment and management of depression in children and young people, to tackling malnutrition in the NHS and the use of long-acting reversible contraception among women.
Our 2005/06 Annual Report also provides an outline of the Institute's role, background on the various committees and centres that help it function, and a financial overview.
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