NICE annual review 2010/11 published online
NICE has today published its annual review online, providing an overview of our work during 2010/11.
It has been a busy year for NICE, with our guidance-producing teams publishing 122 new pieces of guidance during 2010/11, including:
- our 25th piece of public health guidance, which covered the prevention of cardiovascular disease, in June 2010
- our 100th clinical guideline, which looked at alcohol misuse, also in June 2010
- our 200th technology appraisal, on peginterferon alfa and ribavirin for the treatment of hepatitis C, in September 2010
- our 350th interventional procedure guidance, on photodynamic therapy for Barrett's oesophagus, in June 2010.
In addition to continuing our guidance-producing work, many new projects and work streams have taken off, including our new Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme which has published guidance recommending three innovative new technologies for use in the NHS.
This programme was set up to focus specifically on the evaluation of innovative medical technologies - and especially those that are cost saving - in an attempt to speed up their introduction into the health service.
The first eight of our quality standards were also published in 2010/11, covering topics such as depression, dementia, diabetes and glaucoma.
These quality standards will form the basis of commissioning decisions, and will inform the development of our new commissioning guides.
Eventually some 150 clinical areas will each have their own set of quality standards that will outline the vision of what high-quality care should look like on the NHS.
NICE has continued to play a key role in setting the clinical and cost-effectiveness indicators for the Quality and Outcomes Framework, the incentive scheme for general practice.
Supporting those working in primary care has been a key objective for NICE over the past year. A new section of our website has been designed to help staff in general practice get the most out of evidence and guidance provided by NICE.
An online database, offering GPs advice on referring patients from primary to secondary care, was launched to help reduce the number of inappropriate referrals and ensure value for money in the NHS.
The annual review provides details of these and all of our other outputs over the last year.
Additionally, if you are interested in our financial statements, you can download our 2010/11 Annual Report and Accounts from this microsite too. Alternatively you can access them directly from the NICE website
28 June 2011