NICE welcomes 'NHS next stage review final report'
As the NHS celebrates its 60th birthday, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been given a central role in the reforms set out in the ‘NHS next stage review final report'. The reforms aim to ensure the NHS is truly evidence-based and quality driven.
The key recommendations relating to NICE are:
- Patients guaranteed access to the most clinically and cost-effective drugs and treatments
All patients will receive drugs and treatments approved by NICE.
- NICE appraisals processes to be speeded up
As soon as, or shortly after, treatments become available for use in the NHS, NICE guidance on those treatments will be available to patients and NHS staff. Our process for appraising new drugs and treatments is widely acknowledged as being the gold standard against which other organisations and countries measure themselves. NICE will work with the Department of Health on measures for speeding up this process - from the selection of topics through to publication of final guidance.
- NICE to manage the web-based NHS Evidence service
NICE will be responsible for helping NHS professionals keep up with best practice. We will set up and manage NHS Evidence - a new online portal or gateway to clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice available on the Internet. This will include examples of high quality care and how to deliver it. In addition, it will provide access to details of accepted standards of care. The aim is to support the commissioning and uptake of the most clinically and cost- effective diagnostics, treatments and procedures.
- NICE will help develop and review the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicators
We will work with the DH, professional and patient groups to create an independent, transparent process for developing and reviewing the performance indicators set out for GPs in the Quality and Outcomes Framework.
- NICE responsible for independent quality standards and clinical priority-setting
From 2009, NICE will set and approve more independent quality standards. A new National Quality Board will offer ministers transparent advice on the clinical standards NICE should prioritise.
- Establishment of a fellowship programme
Working with NICE is already considered a valuable opportunity for clinical professional development. NICE will establish a fellowship programme so that it can reach out to even more clinicians at both local and national level.
Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive, commented: 'We welcome the report as we believe it represents a strong endorsement of NICE and the confidence and trust we have worked hard to build in the NHS. The additional work we are being given fits well with our current remit and is in line with our own vision for the future. Over the next couple of months, we will be working closely with the Department of Health and our other partners to determine exactly how we will deliver these recommendations and by doing so, help to bring about a truly evidence-based, quality driven NHS.'
28 April 2009
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