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.
It's the result of a 3-year programme to tackle the particularly high levels of obesity among children in the area, by encouraging them to be more physically active. Gloucestershire has one of the highest levels of childhood obesity in England.
The programme is just one example of where NICE guidance has been successfully put into practice and more details - along with details of hundreds of other examples - can be found on our shared learning database.
Set up in December 2006, the database helps professionals in the NHS and local authorities share their experience of implementing a range of NICE's guidance.
NHS Gloucestershire worked to ensure those involved in local policy and planning followed our advice on local built or natural environments. Specifically, we recommended that all such spaces should be used to encourage and support people to cycle and walk more.
Many projects aiming to improve health and prevent disease are included in the database, along with examples of how to improve the clinical treatment, diagnosis and care of people who are ill or living with a particular condition.
One project describes how an insulin pump therapy service was introduced as an alternative to daily insulin injections to improve the care of children with diabetes.
Others provide health professionals with practical tips on how to monitor and improve the quality of healthcare they provide.
This includes the work of Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, which used our guidance to develop a benchmarking tool to measure the quality of services on offer for people who self-harm.
People who self-harm have a higher risk of committing suicide than others and around 2500 people with this condition are admitted to A&E at the three acute hospitals within the Trust's area every year.
Feedback showed that many patients had encountered negative attitudes towards them.
However, since the trust started to measure and address the quality of services on offer, patients have reported feeling more positive about their care - and have particularly noted an improvement in the attitude of A&E staff.
This page was last updated: 30 April 2010