Guidance in Focus

Guidance in Focus gives the general public, including patients and carers, an insight into some of the latest health advice from NICE.

NICE gives green light to treatment for type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes affects around 2.5 million people in the UK. A healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and  being physically active can help prevent or alleviate the symptoms. In addition, NICE guidance published in October recommends a treatment called liraglutide (Victoza, Novo Nordisk) for some of those affected.
November 29, 2010

Helping children and young people who wet the bed
Around one in five children aged 4½ - and almost one in ten of those aged 9½, occasionally wet the bed. It can also happen to older children and young people, affecting their emotional wellbeing and their social life. Now new NICE guidance aims to ensure all those up to the age of 19 receive the support and treatment they need.
November 1, 2010

NICE calls for extra help for pregnant women living in difficult circumstances
Women living in areas of high deprivation in England are five times more likely to die during pregnancy or after childbirth than those living in more affluent areas. Their babies are also around twice as likely to be stillborn or to die shortly after birth. New NICE guidance is calling for the re-organisation of antenatal care services to ensure these women - and others facing difficult circumstances when pregnant - get the extra help they need.
September 22, 2010

NICE advice to improve the food we eat will be focus of Heart of Mersey event this month
Heart of Mersey is hosting an event at the end of September to highlight NICE's guidance on how to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD). The guidance focuses on the food we eat and confirms the need for a 'population-level' approach.
September 6, 2010

Helping overweight and obese women lose weight before or after pregnancy
Obese and overweight mums-to-be face a range of potential problems during pregnancy and childbirth. Yet health professionals do not, as a matter of course, tell women about these risks and the importance of keeping to a healthy weight before - and after - pregnancy. New NICE guidance aims to change this.
August 17, 2010

NICE tackles 'neglected' cancer
Over 10,000 patients each year in England and Wales are diagnosed with a cancer that has spread to different parts of their body from an unknown source - and little is known about which types of treatment work best.
August 3, 2010

Helping women to quit smoking during pregnancy
All pregnant women should be assessed to determine whether they (or their unborn child) are being affected by tobacco smoke, whether it's from the mother-to-be or others around her who smoke.
July 20, 2010

NICE update on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease aims to improve patient care
An estimated 3 million people in the UK suffer breathlessness, a long-term cough or other symptoms caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. But only around 900,000 are ever diagnosed.
July 6, 2010

Helping to curb alcohol problems  
One in 4 men and women are now believed to be drinking dangerous amounts of alcohol. It results in an estimated 15,000 deaths (and almost 900,000 hospital visits) a year in England, at a cost to the NHS of £2 billion every year.
June 22, 2010

Providing relief for constipated children and young people
Up to a third of children and young people may suffer from constipation. New guidance from NICE can help parents and care workers recognise the symptoms.
May 28, 2010

Tackling 'waterworks' problems in men over 50
Almost one in three men over 50 in the UK has 'waterworks' problems. Many mistakenly accept their symptoms as a normal part of getting older or simply feel too embarrassed to talk to anyone about it. But NICE guidance can help.
May 19, 2010

NICE helps share good practice
People in Gloucestershire are keeping fit, thanks to the introduction of cycle networks and walking routes developed by the primary care trust's public heath team.
April 26, 2010

Reducing deaths from heart disease
Coronary heart disease is the most common cause of premature death in the UK. For example, from 2006 to 2007, it cut short the lives of more than 31,000 people. However, new recommendations from NICE, in the form of two new publications, look set to tackle the problem head on.
April 6, 2010

Preventing smoking in schools
Children who start smoking before the age of 16 find it harder to quit - and are twice as likely to continue to smoke as those who begin later in life. They are also more likely to be heavier smokers. That's why work in schools to discourage the habit is so important.
March 22, 2010

Boost for breast milk banks
Donated breast milk can literally be  a life-saver for sick infants. NICE guidance "makes the whole process clearer for mothers" and reassures healthcare staff that donated breast milk is safe to use.
March 8, 2010

Simple checklist could save many lives
People who are admitted to hospital should be offered a simple check to see if they are at risk of getting a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis), according to NICE guidance issued in January 2010.
February 15, 2010

Birmingham sight clinic wins 2009 clinical award
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust won a NICE Shared Learning Award for a new service to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of sight loss in the UK.
February 1, 2010

Award-winning approach to NICE guidance
South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust won a NICE award for a system set up to ensure clinicians in the Children's Directorate are fully aware of all NICE advice that's relevant to their work.
January 18, 2010

Addaction wins 2009 Health and Wellbeing Award
Addaction Staffordshire, a branch of the UK's largest drug and alcohol treatment charity, won the 'Health and Wellbeing' category of our 2009 Shared Learning Awards for improving local, pharmacy-based needle and syringe programmes.
January 4, 2010

Shaping NICE's agenda to support a cost effective NHS
NICE helps NHS make best use of limited resources.
December 14, 2009

NICE issues 'win-win' advice to employers
An estimated 13.7 million working days are lost each year due to stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, at a cost to UK employers of around £28.3 billion per year. We offer advice on how to reduce these costs.
November 23, 2009

'Informed consent' needed for varicose vein treatment
Up to a third of adults are affected by varicose veins - an annoying and sometimes painful condition. Foam sclerotherapy works in more than 80% of cases, at least in the short term. But new NICE guidance says doctors must fully explain the possible (if rare) side effects - as well as the benefits.
November 9, 2009

NICE guidance has a significant impact on the NHS
A report published by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care in September shows that our guidance is having a significant impact on the treatment and care patients receive from the NHS.
October 26, 2009

First NICE guidance on immunisation
'Reducing differences in the uptake of immunisations' offers practical advice on how to increase the number of children and young people who are up-to-date with their vaccinations for a range of diseases.
October 12, 2009

Nurturing young people's social and emotional wellbeing
Experiences between the ages of 11 and 19 years could determine whether someone will misuse drugs or alcohol - or have emotional and behavioural problems later in life. We provide advice on how secondary education establishments can ensure young people are happy, confident and in control.
September 28, 2009

When to suspect child maltreatment
'When to suspect child maltreatment' provides a summary of the 'alerting features' that could suggest a child or young person is being maltreated.
September 14, 2009

A change for the better
'Enthusiasm for life' is helping isolated and depressed older people in Devon get out and about in their community. The aim of the project is to improve people's health by helping them to make new friends and learn new skills.
August 27, 2009

Celebrating NICE's 10th anniversary: our contribution to improving the public's health
Since 2005, when our public health programme was first set up, we have produced 19 pieces of guidance to help improve people's health, promote a healthier lifestyle and prevent disease.
August 17, 2009

Celebrating NICE's 10th anniversary: our clinical guidance
Set up on 1 April 1999, NICE has produced nearly 600 sets of recommendations for the NHS. This has included 88 clinical guidelines on how to treat and care for people with specific diseases and conditions - in fact, NICE is the most prolific developer of clinical guidelines in the world.
August 3, 2009

New help for millions of people with low back pain
New NICE guidance on the most effective way to treat low back pain will mean a consistent approach is adopted nationwide for the one in three adults in the UK who is affected by this condition.
July 20, 2009

Producing guidance on diabetes in pregnancy: a personal account
Saiyyidah Zaidi describes her experience as a lay representative on the NICE guideline development group that produced guidance on diabetes in pregnancy.
July 6, 2009

New QOF indicator boosts demand for NICE patient information and renews emphasis on electronic distribution
As part of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicators for 2009/10, GP practices had to provide details of how many women have been given information on long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). As a result, demand for our LARC patient information leaflet rocketed and the benefits of electronic dissemination came to the fore.
June 3, 2009

Assessing and treating children with gastroenteritis
'Management of acute diarrhoea and vomiting due to gastroenteritis in children under 5' makes a series of recommendations to ensure all children, wherever they live in England, are given the same treatment by the NHS - and all parents are given the same advice.
May 26, 2009

Charity calls for NHS to implement NICE recommendations on depression
The Depression Alliance recommends making available the range of treatment options (psychological, medication and social) that we outline in 'Depression: management of depression in primary and secondary care (update 2007)'.
May 7, 2009

Updating NICE guidance on schizophrenia: a personal account
Janey Antoniou describes her experience as a member of the NICE schizophrenia Guideline Development Group (GDG).
April 28, 2009

NICE contributes to national dementia strategy
The first-ever national strategy on dementia draws heavily on recommendations made in joint guidance published by NICE and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). It also points readers to our commissioning guide on memory assessment services and the associated audit tools.
April 14, 2009

NICE helps combat long-term sickness absence and incapacity for work
Our  'Long-term sickness absence and incapacity for work' guidance aims to ensure someone who is absent from work due to ill health is given the support they need to return as soon as they are able.
March 30, 2009

NICE pushes for more comprehensive needle exchange services for people who inject drugs
NICE recommends that NHS and other local planners ensure a balanced mix of needle exchange services are available across the country which are tailored to meet local need.
March 16, 2009

NICE aims to get children and young people more active
NICE says children and young people should be encouraged to get involved in physically active play and other physically demanding activities, such as dancing, swimming, skateboarding,  competitive sport or formal exercise.
March 2, 2009

Involving patients in decisions about long-term medication
Up to half of medicines for treating long-term conditions are not taken as prescribed. That's why NICE is encouraging healthcare professionals to explain clearly to patients how the medicine could help their disease and condition, as well as listening to any concerns they might have.
February 16, 2009

Life as a NICE lay representative
NICE involves patients, carers and other members of the public in many facets of its work. We asked one of our most active contributors, Susan Bennett, to discuss NICE and her work as a lay representative.
October 13, 2008

NICE Shared Learning Award 2007
North East Lincolnshire PCT and Bradford and Airedale PCT were joint winners of NICE's Shared Learning Award 2007. NE Lincolnshire won it for a buddy scheme aimed at people with pulmonary disease. Bradford and Airedale were awarded for an abnormal uterine bleeding service.
January 16, 2008

NICE and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have jointly published a number of recommendations on how to identify, treat and care for people with dementia. This includes advice on the support carers should receive.
June 14, 2007

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