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Our news stories highlight the latest developments and announcements from NICE and are aimed at our wider audience from healthcare professionals to members of the public.

NICE Pathways: mapping our guidance
More than 90 per cent of NICE guidance can now be viewed through NICE Pathways ? the fastest and easiest way of accessing NICE guidance and resources.
April 16, 2014

Limit spread of blood-borne viruses among steroid users
Needle and syringe programmes should support the growing number of image and performance enhancing drug users so they can be offered sterile equipment to reduce the spread of blood-borne viruses and infections from contaminated needles, says NICE.
April 9, 2014

Simple test to help diagnose and manage asthma
A simple test that measures the levels of nitric oxide a person is breathing out to help with the diagnosis and management of asthma has been given the green light by NICE.
April 2, 2014

Audit reveals variation in use of pain relief for hip fracture
Almost half of all hip fracture patients in England are being denied NICE-recommended pain relief as part of their care, audit results reveal.
March 31, 2014

NICE to seek views on how it assesses drugs and other technologies for the NHS
NICE to seek views on how it assesses drugs and other technologies for the NHS.
March 27, 2014

Better access to contraceptive services will reduce unwanted pregnancies
All young people in England should be given access to contraception and advice at convenient locations so no-one is denied services because of where they live, says NICE.
March 25, 2014

South Tyneside wins first NICE Local Government Chronicle Public Health Award
South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) has been named the winner of the first Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Public Health Award sponsored by NICE.
March 14, 2014

Give care home residents a greater say in decisions about their treatment
NICE has called for care home residents to be given the same involvement in decisions about their care and support as those who do not live in care homes.
March 14, 2014

NICE guidance can help ease the pain of quitting smoking
Making the decision to stop smoking may not be easy, but doing so with the help of NICE can increase life expectancy and prevent ill health.
March 11, 2014

2014 Shared Learning Awards shortlist announced
Cutting down on inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in primary care, preventing surgical site infections across hospitals, and improving care for patients with depression and bipolar disorder are the projects in the running to win this year's NICE Shared Learning Award.
March 10, 2014

Offer children and young people with cancer chance to take part in clinical trials
Children and young people with cancer should be given the opportunity to take part in clinical trials to increase knowledge about the disease and improve survival rates, according to latest standards from NICE.
February 27, 2014

NICE delivers wakeup call to NHS on domestic violence
Health care professionals should receive training so that they can recognise the signs of domestic violence and abuse and ensure that those affected are aware of the help and support available to them, say NICE.
February 26, 2014

Keeping communities healthy through NHS Health Checks
Local government can reduce the impact of chronic illnesses and prevent premature mortality by effectively delivering NHS Health Checks, according to NICE.
February 26, 2014

Offer talking therapies to people at risk of psychosis and schizophrenia
People considered to be at increased risk of psychosis should be offered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as opposed to antipsychotic medication, according to updated guidelines from NICE.
February 12, 2014

Exercise key to managing osteoarthritis
Exercise is a core treatment in managing osteoarthritis, according to updated NICE guidance on the condition.
February 12, 2014

Thousands more could be offered statins
Thousands more people could be prescribed statins to help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, under draft guidance.
February 11, 2014

Minimum pricing for alcohol 'effectively targets harmful drinkers'
A minimum price per unit of alcohol, as recommended by NICE, effectively targets high-risk drinkers while having little impact on moderate drinkers, according to a new study.
February 10, 2014

Offer psychological interventions for anxiety disorders
People with a suspected anxiety disorder, such as post-traumatic stress or obsessive compulsive disorder, should be offered psychological interventions as a first-line treatment, as set out in new NICE standards.
February 6, 2014

Cancer patients diagnosed quicker, thanks to NICE guidelines
The time taken to diagnose certain common cancers, from the point when a patient first reports a possible symptom to their GP, fell in adults by an average of five days, following the launch of NICE guidelines on cancer referral.
February 5, 2014

NICE calls on local government to boost physical activity
Local government can improve the health and wellbeing of their communities, and save money in the long-term, by encouraging people to be more physically active, says NICE.
February 3, 2014

NHS trusts failing to support staff health and mental wellbeing
NHS trusts in England need to do more to support the health and mental wellbeing of their staff, an audit of NICE workplace guidance has revealed.
January 29, 2014

Daily Mail admits 'champagne bar' story was wrong
The Daily Mail has acknowledged that its front page story about NICE spending money at a champagne bar was wrong and has published a correction.
January 24, 2014

Latest topics for NICE social care programme announced
Service user experience of social care, the care and support of older people with learning disabilities, and helping people regain independence are among the latest topics referred to NICE for its social care work programme.
January 24, 2014

NICE quality standard calls for early identification of PAD
NICE is calling for early identification of asymptomatic and symptomatic peripheral arterial disease to help improve the care of patients with the condition.
January 22, 2014

Take head injuries seriously and treat quickly, says NICE
Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.
January 22, 2014

Preventing chronic conditions among ethnic minorities and improving access to services
Using body mass index (BMI) to help prevent long-term conditions in minority ethnic groups and improving access to health and social care services are the topics of NICE?s latest set of local government public health briefings.
January 22, 2014

NICE autism quality standard will help tackle 'real variation in care'
NICE's new quality standard on autism will help services address the current variation in diagnosis and treatment of the disorder, according to experts.
January 21, 2014

Behind the headlines - Champagne perks of NHS watchdog
Accusations that officials at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have used credit cards on luxury hotels and champagne bars are reported in the Daily Mail.
January 11, 2014

Response to Daily Mail article on credit card usage
Accusations that officials at NICE have used credit cards on luxury hotels and champagne bars are reported in the Daily Mail.
January 11, 2014

NICE responds to Telegraph article on value based assessment
NICE responds to Telegraph article on value based assessment
January 9, 2014

New protocol for active surveillance of men with early prostate cancer
Men undergoing active surveillance for prostate cancer, which can avoid or delay unnecessary treatment, should have their prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels measured every 3-4 months initially, according to updated guidelines from NICE.
January 8, 2014

NICE Pathway on common mental health disorders a 'one stop shop' for advice
GPs now have quick and easy access to everything NICE has to say on common mental health disorders following the publication of a new NICE Pathway on the topic.
December 18, 2013

Green light for new device to treat complex disease of the main heart artery
NICE has recommended the use of the E-vita open plus stentgraft system fortreating complex aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta.
December 18, 2013

New advice on mental wellbeing of older people in care homes marks
NICE?s new quality standard on the mental wellbeing of older people in care homes marks a "bold step forward" in terms of improving care, according to experts.
December 12, 2013

NHS patients on drips at risk of serious errors  
Patients' lives are being put at risk because of errors in intravenous (IV) fluid care, warns NICE.
December 10, 2013

NICE's 300th technology appraisal approves treatment for hep C
NICE has recommended the use of peginterferon alfa in combination with ribavirin to treat chronic hepatitis C in children and young people, in its 300th piece of technology appraisal guidance.
November 27, 2013

NHS urged to become smoke-free
NHS hospitals and clinics should become completely smoke-free to create a culture where smoking is no longer considered the norm, says NICE.
November 27, 2013

NICE to produce guidance on safe NHS staffing levels
NICE has announced that it is producing guidance to help ensure NHS services have safe and efficient staffing levels.
November 19, 2013

NHS urged to tackle antibiotics resistance
The NHS is being urged to tackle the rise in antibiotic resistance by cutting back on unnecessary use of the drugs.
November 18, 2013

Offer cardiac rehabilitation as soon as possible to heart attack patients
Cardiac rehabilitation should be offered as soon as possible to people who have had an myocardial infarction (MI) to help them get back to everyday life as quickly as possible, says NICE.
November 13, 2013

NICE seeks entries for 2014 Shared Learning Awards
NICE is calling on organisations that have used its guidance or quality standards to enter the 2014 NICE Shared Learning Awards.
November 12, 2013

Last call for applicants for NICE Fellowship programme
Senior health and social care leaders interested in becoming a NICE Fellow have just one week left to apply.
November 8, 2013

Call to use screening tests for alcohol disorders
Using NICE-recommended screening tests in primary care can help ensure people with alcohol-use disorders are identified and offered appropriate treatment, according to latest research.
November 1, 2013

NICE guidance to cover cost-effectiveness of 'free vitamins for all children'
Forthcoming NICE guidance will cover whether it is cost-effective to provide vitamin D supplements to all children under-five.
October 25, 2013

Families need support to help tackle child obesity time-bomb
Local authorities and the NHS should do more to support families to help them tackle the time-bomb of obesity in children and young people, says NICE.
October 23, 2013

Psychosocial assessments can help tackle hidden problem of self-harm
Experts have called on all children and young people who self-harm to be given a full psychosocial assessment to help address the ?hidden problem? among mental health and behavioural conditions.
October 10, 2013

New quality standards for public health
NICE is to develop a library of public health quality standards, in areas ranging from heatwave planning to sexual health, and is inviting stakeholders to comment on exactly which topics should be referred to NICE to develop.
October 4, 2013

Simple tests could help diagnose serious bowel conditions
A simple stool test could help GPs decide whether patients have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or other more serious bowel conditions.
October 2, 2013

Government to extend Cancer Drugs Fund until 2016
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced an extension to the Cancer Drugs Fund for two years. Since 2011, the fund has ring-fenced £200 million a year of the NHS budget for cancer treatments which may not yet have been assessed by NICE or which have been found not to be cost or clinically effective enough for wider use on the NHS. The Government?s extension will make the fund available until 2016.
September 28, 2013

Quality standard highlights need for greater awareness of men presenting with LUTS
NICE?s quality standard lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) highlights the need for greater awareness of the initial assessment and management of the condition.
September 25, 2013

NICE consults on clinical guideline static list
NICE is consulting on the first set of clinical guidelines to be moved to a static list, where they will not be updated as often as the rest of NICE?s clinical guidelines.
September 25, 2013

Call for applicants for NICE ambassadors
Applications are now open for the NICE Fellows and Scholars programme, as it enters its fifth year.
September 25, 2013

Quality standard could help transform care for mothers of twins and triplets
A new quality standard on multiple pregnancy has the potential to transform the care of women expecting twins and triplets, according to experts.
September 25, 2013

Greater options for women with urinary incontinence
Women could be offered botox as a treatment option for urinary incontinence if medication has not been effective, according to updated NICE guidance.
September 11, 2013

NICE responds to article in The Times
NICE has called on pharmaceutical companies to question the development costs of new medicines.
September 3, 2013

GPs should proactively ask their patients whether they smoke
Proactively asking patients whether they smoke and offering advice on how to stop can help them quit the habit, according to NICE.
August 28, 2013

Tailor management of autism in children and young people to individual needs
Health and social care professionals should tailor the management and assessment of children and young people with autism to individual needs to ensure they receive the best care, according to NICE.
August 28, 2013

Thousands of lives could be saved each year from acute kidney injury
The NHS could save at least 12,000 lives from acute kidney injury (AKI) each year by following new guidance from NICE.
August 28, 2013

Thousands of lives could be saved each year from acute kidney injury, says NICE
The NHS could save at least 12,000 lives from acute kidney injury (AKI) each year by following new guidance from NICE.
August 28, 2013

New standard could improve diagnosis and management of headaches
A new quality standard could help healthcare professionals improve the diagnosis and management of the most common types of headache disorders.
August 28, 2013

NICE to consider US approach to treating depression
NICE is to consider the US approach to treating people with depression, after latest research found that the treatment model could be successfully replicated in the UK.
August 20, 2013

Avoid drug treatment for children and young people with moderate ADHD
NICE advises against using drugs as a first-line treatment for children and young people with moderate attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as latest figures suggest a sharp rise in the number of drugs prescribed for the condition.
August 15, 2013

Test to detect spread of breast cancer could help avoid further surgery
A test used during surgery to detect whether breast cancer has spread can help avoid further operations and allow treatments such as chemotherapy to begin earlier, according to NICE.
August 7, 2013

Indicators to improve dementia care proposed for QOF 2014/15
hree new indicators to improve dementia care could be added to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) incentive scheme for UK practices, as NICE unveils potential indicators for 2014/15.
August 1, 2013

Topics for latest CCG Outcomes Indicator Set announced
Cancer, stroke and enhancing the quality of life for carers are among topics covered by the latest set of indicators proposed by NICE for the Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCG OIS).
August 1, 2013

NICE welcomes two new non-executive directors
Two new non-executive directors will be joining the NICE Board, the Department of Health has announced.
July 25, 2013

Device to diagnose pregnancy complications could help avoid use of speculum
A new device that detects the cause of unexplained vaginal wetness in pregnancy could help pregnant women avoid receiving unnecessary invasive speculum examinations, according to NICE.
July 24, 2013

Timeliness of treatment crucial for heart attack patients
People who have suffered the most severe type of heart attack should be offered immediate treatment to restore blood flow, under new guidelines which emphasis that time is of the essence.
July 24, 2013

New treatment approved for adolescents with bipolar disorder
NICE has recommended the use of aripiprazole (Abilify) as an option for treating moderate to severe manic episodes in adolescents with bipolar disorder.
July 24, 2013

Clinical Knowledge Summaries Service expands
NICE has added 44 new topics to its Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) service, including asthma, cough in children, constipation, dementia, eczema, and migraine.
July 24, 2013

Offer less invasive treatments before surgery for varicose veins
Surgery should only be offered to treat varicose veins if other less invasive treatments are unsuitable for patients, according to latest guidance from NICE.
July 24, 2013

Public input helps shape NICE?s social care work  
NICE will innovate and develop new ways of considering how the costs and benefits of informal care can be taken into account when developing social care guidance and quality standards.
July 19, 2013

Standardising postnatal care for mothers and babies
Ensuring mothers are aware of the health benefits of breastfeeding, reducing the risk sudden of death syndrome, and assessing women for postnatal depression are among measures services can take to improve the quality of postnatal care, according to NICE.
July 16, 2013

Consider lower BMI risk thresholds for people from black, Asian and minority groups
Healthcare professionals should consider a lower body mass index (BMI) when identifying the risk of weight-related conditions among people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, according to latest guidance from NICE.
July 3, 2013

GPs have key role to play in assessment and referral of patients with hep B
GPs have a key role to play in the assessment and subsequent referral of patients with hepatitis B, according to experts.
June 26, 2013

Symptom relief key for common distressing bowel condition
Symptom relief through the range of recommended drugs and treatments available should be the primary outcome for patients with ulcerative colitis, according to NICE.
June 25, 2013

Offer range of effective treatments for people with hep B
More people with hepatitis B should be assessed, referred and offered the range of clinical and cost effective treatments available for the disease, according to NICE.
June 25, 2013

Joined up working required for effective stroke rehab services
A multidisciplinary team consisting of both health and social care professionals is essential for an effective stroke rehabilitation service, according to NICE.
June 12, 2013

Older patients at high risk of hospital falls
Healthcare professionals should consider patients aged 65 or older, and those aged over 50 with underlying conditions such as stroke, at high risk of falling while in hospital care, according to updated guidelines from NICE.
June 11, 2013

Helping women make informed choices about caesarean births
NICE?s new quality standard on caesarean section aims to ensure pregnant women can make an informed decision about their planned mode of birth.
June 11, 2013

Nicotine products can help people to cut down before quitting smoking
Licensed nicotine products, such as patches and gum, should be offered to people who smoke and are struggling to quit to help them cut down on cigarettes, NICE says.
June 5, 2013

Updated guidance to help assess children with fever
NICE has updated the traffic light system for predicting the risk of serious illness from fever in children under 5, and issued new advice on the use of paracetamol and ibuprofen.
May 22, 2013

Prompt diagnosis of social anxiety disorder leads to effective treatment
A prompt diagnosis of social anxiety disorder is crucial in ensuring people access the most clinical and cost effective treatment, according to NICE.
May 21, 2013

Poor drip care putting patients' lives at risk
Hospitals should provide better training to staff in how to use IV drips to avoid putting patient safety at risk, according to draft guidelines from NICE.
May 21, 2013

Ambulance Service wins 2013 Shared Learning Award
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has won this year?s Shared Learning Award for its work in improving clinical practice across the South West.
May 16, 2013

NICE to produce new Medtech Innovation Briefings
NICE is developing a new set of briefings to help boost the uptake of innovative devices and technologies within the NHS.
May 15, 2013

Calls to expand range of NICE local government briefings
NICE should expand its programme of local government briefings to cover a wide range of new topics such as poverty, workplace wellbeing, malnutrition and sexual health, say experts.
May 14, 2013

First set of NICE public health quality standards revealed
NICE?s quality standards programme will be substantially broadened to cover topics affecting public health, it was announced today.
May 14, 2013

NICE a proven success story
NICE is one of the success stories of the health and social care world, and a beacon of stability in a time of dramatic change, the new Chair of NICE has said.
May 14, 2013

Health and social care fully joined-up by 2018
The government has pledged an end to people being passed around the health and social care system thanks to uncoordinated services, under plans unveiled by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb.
May 14, 2013

NICE boosts support for innovative ideas
NICE's support for hospitals wanting to adopt innovative new technologies has been given a boost as it takes on the work of the NHS Technology Adoption Centre (NTAC) in May.
May 1, 2013

Calls to improve uptake of NICE-approved treatments for MS
Less than five per cent of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) who are eligible to receive NICE-approved drugs are being offered them, according to new research.
April 30, 2013

Commissioning health and social care for people with dementia
NICE has produced a guide for commissioners on dementia, which aims to help improve the commissioning of health and social care support for people with the condition, and for their carers.
April 24, 2013

NICE approves abatacept for rheumatoid arthritis
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis can now be offered abatacept in certain circumstances, following final guidance from NICE.
April 24, 2013

Life changing treatment approved for people with severe asthma
Omalizumab (Xolair) is now available for NHS patients as an add-on treatment for severe, persistent allergic asthma in adults, adolescents and children, says NICE.
April 24, 2013

NICE guideline a trigger for increase in organ donations
The number of people donating organs after death has risen by 50 per cent in the last five years, latest figures suggest.
April 11, 2013

New Clinical Knowledge Summaries
NICE launches new version of the Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS)
April 9, 2013

NICE expands into social care
NICE?s first quality standards for social care will help support people with dementia to live well, and improve the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people.
April 3, 2013

Farewell to NICE Chair Professor Mike Rawlins
Farewell to NICE Chair Professor Sir Mike Rawlins
March 28, 2013

Setting standards for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension
NICE has developed a new quality standard on hypertension that can help GPs and healthcare professionals with the diagnosis and treatment of the condition.
March 27, 2013

NICE recommends lung infection treatments for patients with cystic fibrosis
Patients with cystic fibrosis can now be offered tobramycin (Novartis) and colistimethate sodium (Forest Laboratories UK) dry powders for inhalations as treatment options for lung infections in certain circumstances, following final guidance from NICE.
March 27, 2013

Offer calcium-based phosphate binders to manage hyperphosphataemia, says NICE
Adults with hyperphosphataemia in chronic kidney disease should be offered a calcium-based phosphate binder as a first-line treatment in addition to dietary management, says NICE.
March 27, 2013

Early diagnosis and intervention key for conduct disorders
Diagnosing conduct disorders at an early stage is key to ensuring that children and their families are able to access the treatment and support they need to manage the condition, says NICE.
March 27, 2013

Parents need greater support to manage conduct disorders
Parents of children and young people with conduct disorders should be offered training programmes to help them deal with challenging and antisocial behaviour, says NICE.
March 27, 2013

NICE central to value-based pricing of medicines
NICE will have a crucial role in the value-based pricing of medicines from 2014, the government has confirmed.
March 22, 2013

NICE launches new framework agreement for purchasing information resources
NHS institutions can now purchase journals, books and databases to support patient care and safety at competitive rates, thanks to a new Framework Agreement launched by NICE.
March 19, 2013

Salt reduction strategy could prevent thousands of deaths from CVD, says NICE
A new government strategy to reduce salt intake could lead to 20,000 fewer deaths each year from cardiovascular disease, says NICE.
March 15, 2013

New collaborative aims to increase NICE guidance uptake
New NICE Implementation Collaborative aims to increase NICE guidance uptake
March 13, 2013

2013 Shared Learning Awards shortlist announced
Improving services for end-of-life care, standardising pre-hospital care, and a redesign of services for type 2 diabetes are among projects shortlisted for this year?s NICE Shared Learning Awards.
March 12, 2013

NICE to review QOF indicators for cardiovascular disease
The Department of Health has asked NICE to review indicators on cardiovascular disease for the Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF), to help improve outcomes for patients with the disease.
March 5, 2013

Improving the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy
Recent research has found that that the number of children being treated with epilepsy has fallen dramatically in the last decade.
March 5, 2013

Improving the diagnosis and treatment of asthma
NICE has developed a quality standard for asthma that can help GPs improve the diagnosis and treatment of people with the condition.
February 27, 2013

Asthma quality standard could change lives of millions
NICE's quality standard on asthma could improve the lives of millions by driving up the quality of care for people with the condition, say experts.
February 27, 2013

New stroke prevention treatment recommended by NICE
Patients with atrial fibrilation can now be offered apixaban (Eliquis) as an alternative to warfarin to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots, says NICE.
February 27, 2013

Fertility treatments should be 'appropriate, effective and timely' says NICE
GPs should offer appropriate and effective fertility treatments in a timely manner for women having problems with conception, according to latest guidelines from NICE.
February 20, 2013

Greater treatment options for women with fertility problems
More women can receive appropriate and timely fertility treatment such as IVF, following updated guidelines from NICE.
February 20, 2013

Statement of collaboration between NICE and Public Heath England
NICE and Public Health England agreed to collaborate on future work.
February 8, 2013

Dementia, stroke and cancer among potential indicators for latest CCG Outcomes Indicator Set
Dementia, stroke, cancer, and end-of-life care are among 32 new indicators put forward for inclusion in the Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCG OIS).
February 4, 2013

Have your say on NICE's social care work
The Department of Health has launched a 12 week consultation to gather views on the topics for NICE's new quality standards and guidance for social care.
February 1, 2013

Experts dismiss claims NHS drug decisions are flawed
Leading experts have dismissed claims that the formula used by NICE to recommend which drugs are funded on the NHS is "flawed" and say that it is still the best available method for assessing drugs.
January 25, 2013

NICE recommends blood pressure device that can help prevent stroke
A new device that allows GPs and practice nurses to detect pulse irregularities and pick up cases of atrial fibrillation whilst measuring blood pressure has been recommended by NICE.
January 23, 2013

Improve community health through walking, cycling and behaviour change
Improving the health of local populations through encouraging more walking and cycling and by challenging unhealthy behaviours are among the aims of NICE?s latest set of local government public health briefings.
January 23, 2013

Spot signs of psychosis and schizophrenia early, says NICE
The signs of psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people need to be identified early to help ensure they receive the treatment and care they need to live with the condition, says NICE.
January 23, 2013

GPs should refer young people with psychosis or schizophrenia without delay
GPs should refer children and young people up to the age of 18 who present with psychotic symptoms or other experiences suggestive of possible psychosis without delay to a specialist mental health services, latest NICE guidance suggests.
January 23, 2013

MPs welcome NICE's move into social care
NICE?s move into social care has been welcomed by the Health Select Committee, following an inquiry into the work of the Institute.
January 16, 2013

Final call for entries for NICE 2013 Shared Learning Awards
If you have a story to share of an innovative or effective way you have put NICE guidance into practice, now is the time to submit it.
January 14, 2013

NICE announces its Collaborating Centre for Social Care
NICE has awarded a contract to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), and its partner organisations, to support the development, adoption and dissemination of its social care guidance and quality standards from 1 April, as the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care.
January 7, 2013

NICE local formularies guide will reduce variation in prescribing
NICE has produced a good practice guide to help trusts develop and update local formularies, as part of a move to ensure that all patients in England have access to clinically and cost-effective drugs.
December 17, 2012

Greater awareness of hepatitis B and C needed
Greater awareness of hepatitis B and C is needed so that more people who are at risk can be tested and treated for the viruses, according to latest guidance from NICE.
December 12, 2012

NHS should offer early pregnancy services seven days a week
Early pregnancy assessment services should be made available seven days a week to ensure that women receive a timely diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and are offered care and support during a miscarriage, says NICE.
December 12, 2012

NICE welcomes announcement of Professor David Haslam as preferred candidate for NICE Chair
Professor David Haslam has been named as the Government?s preferred candidate for the post of Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
December 10, 2012

NICE 'will ensure consistent care in commissioning landscape'
NICE guidance and quality standards will help provide consistent care for patients within the new NHS commissioning landscape, say experts.
November 29, 2012

NICE consults on drug for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Today (Thursday 29 November), NICE opens a public consultation on its preliminary recommendations on the NHS use of the drug, pirfenidone (known commercially as Esbriet). The draft guidance assesses whether it should be recommended for use in people who have the lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
November 29, 2012

Commissioning services for people with hip fracture
NICE has produced a guide for commissioners on hip fracture services, which provides advice on commissioning services for people with fragility fracture of the hip or fracture of the hip due to osteoporosis or osteopenia.
November 28, 2012

NICE approves drug for treatment of chronic heart failure
GPs with a specialist interest in heart failure and other healthcare professionals can now use ivabradine (Procoralan) as an option for the treatment of people with chronic heart failure, following latest guidance from NICE.
November 28, 2012

Tackle obesity through a 'community-wide' approach
Obesity should be tackled by encouraging different organisations to work together through a 'community-wide' approach, according to latest guidance from NICE.
November 28, 2012

Walking and cycling should become the norm for short journeys
More people should be encouraged to keep fit by incorporating walking and cycling into their everyday lives, in an attempt to tackle declining rates of physical activity in England, NICE says.
November 28, 2012

Minimum pricing for alcohol 'will protect young people'
Setting a minimum price per unit of alcohol, as recommended by NICE, will protect young people from the dangers of excessive drinking, according to a new report.
November 21, 2012

Patients with psychosis should be offered therapy
Clinical Commissioning Groups should commission services for people with schizophrenia and psychosis in line with NICE guidelines, including the use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for psychosis, say experts.
November 16, 2012

Deadline fast approaching for NICE's Fellows and Scholars programme
Would you like to get more involved with the inner workings of NICE and help shape our guidance?
November 2, 2012

Alcohol guidance among latest batch of NICE public health briefings
Tackling the harm caused by alcohol and addressing health inequalities are among topics covered in NICE?s latest set of local government public health briefings.
October 31, 2012

Impact of psoriasis more than skin deep
GPs and other healthcare professionals should routinely check the psychological and physical impact of psoriasis on people?s lives when assessing the condition, according to latest guidance from NICE.
October 24, 2012

Apply now for NICE 2013 Shared Learning Awards
Do you have an example to share of providing excellent healthcare through NICE guidance or quality standards?
October 24, 2012

Help vulnerable children get the best start in life, says NICE
The social and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable children under 5 should be at the heart of early intervention programmes to ensure that they get the best start in life, says NICE.
October 24, 2012

NHS prescribing high numbers of NICE-approved drugs
Uptake of NICE-approved medicines on the NHS to treat cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis is higher than expected, latest figures reveal.
October 17, 2012

Age 'should not be barrier to treatment'
Decisions around whether to offer a person surgical treatment should not be based on age and fitness, according to a new report.
October 17, 2012

New NICE tool helps local government count the cost of smoking
A new interactive tool developed by NICE and Brunel University will help local authorities count the cost of tobacco-related harm in their communities.  
October 16, 2012

Help for the treatment of Crohn's disease
New guidance from NICE provides GPs and other healthcare professionals with advice on the use of glucocorticosteroids for the remission and management of people with Crohn?s disease.
October 10, 2012

NICE should consider multimorbidity in guidelines
NICE guidelines should take into account multimorbidity to help doctors provide better care for people with more than one chronic illness, say researchers.
October 9, 2012

First set of health and social care quality standards referred to NICE
NICE?s programme of work is to be significantly extended as it begins developing its first set of health and social care quality standards, which were referred today to the Institute by the Department of Health.
September 28, 2012

Join the QIPP collection
Do you have an example of good practice that has helped improve quality and productivity across the NHS and social care?
September 26, 2012

Setting standards for antenatal care
NICE has produced a quality standard on antenatal care to help improve the care that women receive during their pregnancy.
September 26, 2012

Smokeless tobacco products pose serious health risks
Smokeless tobacco products used by some people of the South Asian community are associated with serious health risks such as oral cancer and cardiovascular disease, according to latest NICE guidance.
September 26, 2012

Free BNF for children app launches
Health and social care professionals can now download for free the NICE British National Formulary for children (BNFC) app available for smart phones and tablets.
September 25, 2012

Overuse of painkillers can make headaches worse
Taking medicines such as painkillers over a prolonged period of time to relieve headaches can actually make symptoms worse, according to latest guidelines from NICE.
September 19, 2012

Become a Fellow or Scholar at NICE
Applications are now open for NICE Fellowships and Scholarships, as the programmes enter their fourth year.
September 18, 2012

Majority of people with diabetes 'not meeting cholesterol targets'
More than half of people with diabetes are not having their cholesterol levels adequately controlled, according to a new study.
September 12, 2012

Innovation scorecards to highlight availability of NICE-approved drugs
Patients and the public will soon be able to see information on how quickly their local hospitals and primary care organisations are providing NICE-approved treatments and drugs, according to latest government proposals.
August 29, 2012

Improving the diagnosis and management of stable angina
NICE has produced a quality standard for stable angina that aims to help improve the diagnosis, care and treatment of the condition.
August 22, 2012

NICE outlines options for assessing fragility fracture risk
GPs should use either the FRAX or QFracture tools to estimate fracture risk in at-risk patients, NICE says.
August 22, 2012

NHS should prioritise the treatment of sick babies, says NICE
The NHS should prioritise the treatment of babies with suspected early-onset neonatal infection and use antibiotics sensibly to avoid developing resistance to the drugs, according to latest NICE guidance.
August 22, 2012

Quality standards launched for colorectal cancer and stable angina
Two new quality standards on colorectal cancer and stable angina have been launched this month, as NICE expands its library of standards.
August 22, 2012

Social care quality standards open for consultation
NICE?s first two social care quality standards on dementia care and the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people are now open for consultation.
August 15, 2012

End blacklisting of NICE-approved drugs
All NHS organisations should publish information which sets out which NICE technology appraisals are included in their local formularies from April 2013, the Department of Health has announced.
August 14, 2012

Call for better diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease
GPs should make an early diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) by performing an ankle brachial pressure index measurement, as NICE sets out new guidelines on the diagnosis and management of lower limb PAD.
August 8, 2012

Rheumatoid arthritis in QOF 2013/14 menu
Rheumatoid arthritis could be added to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) for the first time, as NICE unveils potential indicators for 2013/14.
August 1, 2012

First Commissioning Outcomes Framework indicators revealed
Care for those recovering from stroke, tackling diabetes, and improving maternal health are among topics covered in the first set of Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF) indicators published by NICE.
August 1, 2012

Calls for standardised model of bedside monitoring
Bedside monitoring for hospital patients should be standardised and based on measures recommended by NICE, according to a new report.
July 31, 2012

Help with identifying meningitis in children and young people
NICE?s latest quality standard on bacterial meningitis in children and young people can help GPs and other primary care professionals spot early signs and symptoms of the condition.
July 25, 2012

New treatment for blood clots approved by NICE
Patients with blood clots can be now be offered rivaroxaban as an alternative to warfarin for the treatment of blood clots following latest guidance from NICE.
July 25, 2012

First set of local government briefings launch
Tobacco, physical activity and workplace health are the topics covered in NICE?s first set of local government public health briefings.
July 25, 2012

NICE to assess high cost drugs for rare conditions
NICE will take on the role of assessing very high cost drugs for people who suffer with rare conditions, under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
July 20, 2012

Healthy diet and exercise key to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes
Simple lifestyle changes, such as increased physical activity or eating more healthily, can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, says NICE.
July 12, 2012

Dementia 'not being diagnosed'
Fewer than half of people with dementia ever receive a formal diagnosis, according to a new parliamentary report.
July 5, 2012

NICE to tackle the rise in cirrhosis
NICE will develop new guidelines on the assessment and management of cirrhosis, as excessive alcohol consumption fuels a rise in the number of cases of the disease.
July 4, 2012

Patients with blood clots should be treated within 4 hours, says NICE
People who present to hospital with blood clots in the legs or lungs should be offered treatment within 4 hours and have their investigative tests including scans within 24 hours, according to latest guidelines.
June 27, 2012

Upper GI bleeding guidance published
NICE has published new recommendations on the management of acute upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.
June 25, 2012

Free BNF prescribing app launches
Health and social care professionals can now access the latest up-to-date prescribing information from the British National Formulary (BNF) at the touch of a button.
June 13, 2012

Helping recognise early symptoms of ovarian cancer
NICE has launched a quality standard to help with recognising the early symptoms of ovarian cancer.
May 23, 2012

Improve your knowledge on guidance for common mental health problems
Common mental health disorders affect one-in-six adults, and cost UK employers £25 billion each year through lost work days.
May 23, 2012

Updated lung cancer e-learning module now available
NICE has updated its e-learning module on lung cancer, to coincide with a new government campaign raising awareness of the condition.
May 23, 2012

Opioids first-line for pain relief in palliative care
Opioids should be prescribed to help relieve pain in patients receiving palliative care for chronic or incurable illnesses, says NICE.
May 23, 2012

NICE approves new treatment for stroke prevention
Patients with atrial fibrillation can now be offered rivaroxaban (Xarelto), as an alternative to warfarin, in order to reduce their risk of stroke and blood clots, says NICE.
May 23, 2012

More to receive IVF under draft fertility guidelines
Some women in their early 40s should be allowed to have fertility treatment on the NHS, according to draft updated guidelines from NICE.
May 22, 2012

Health Act makes NICE stronger than ever before
NICE will be stronger than ever before under the new Health Act producing quality standards that will be the backbone of commissioning and playing a vital role in value based pricing, the Health Secretary has said.
May 17, 2012

NICE letter to the Daily Mail
Letter to the Daily Mail 16 May 2012 from Sir Andrew Dillon
May 16, 2012

Shared Learning Awards 2012 winner announced
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has won this year?s Shared Learning Award for its impressive work in improving the care of newborn babies with brain injury.
May 16, 2012

Integration 'key' to managing public health transition
Tackling public health issues such as obesity and alcohol-related illness will need partnership and collaboration among a range of bodies, according to the Director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence at NICE.
May 15, 2012

NICE should produce guidance on multiple morbidities
NICE should produce clinical guidelines that look at multiple-morbidities, as the number of people with long-term medical conditions rises.
May 15, 2012

NHS Commissioning Board to embrace NICE
The NHS Commissioning Board will "embrace NICE with great warmth" and work closely with arms-length bodies to improve health care, according to the chair of the Board.
May 15, 2012

Take a 'three-strike' approach to teen cancer diagnosis, says charity
GPs should refer teenagers for further investigation after their third visit if they have presented with repeated symptoms of cancer, a charity says.
May 4, 2012

Countdown to the NICE Annual Conference 2012
The NHS landscape has changed dramatically in the last 12 months and adapting to the pace of change remains a huge challenge for those working in health and social care.
May 3, 2012

New drugs a major benefit for patients with chronic hepatitis C  
NICE has recommended the use of boceprevir (Victrelis) and telaprevir (Incivo), both in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, as options for the treatment of the most common strain of hepatitis C in adults, in latest guidance.
April 25, 2012

Fast access to evidence
Would you like to find high quality evidenced-based information more quickly and easily? Are you looking for a one-stop resource that collates information from all the best sources ? such as Royal Colleges and the BNF?
April 25, 2012

First oral therapy for MS approved by NICE
Patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis can now be offered a pill that helps reduce the number of relapses, says NICE.
April 25, 2012

Latest Fellows and Scholars unveiled
Exploring the use of NICE guidance by out-of-hours GPs, promoting NICE in dentistry, and investigating whether childhood activity guidelines are being followed in schools, are just some of the projects planned by the latest group of fellows and scholars.
April 18, 2012

Improving the mental health of prisoners
NICE will develop guidance aimed at improving the mental health of people in prison, following the latest topic referral from the Department of Health.
April 2, 2012

Improving mental health of prisoners
NICE will develop guidance aimed at improving the mental health of people in prison, following the latest topic referral from the Department of Health.
April 2, 2012

Effective and practical measures to prevent infection outlined by NICE
GPs and other healthcare professionals should decontaminate their hands immediately after direct contact with patients to prevent the spread of infection in healthcare settings, says NICE.
March 28, 2012

New drug for stroke prevention approved by NICE
Patients with atrial fibrillation can now be offered the drug dabigatran (Pradaxa) as an alternative to warfarin in order to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots, says NICE.
March 28, 2012

Minimum pricing to target young and problem drinkers
The government?s proposals for a minimum price per unit of alcohol will target young and problem drinkers, NICE says.
March 27, 2012

Shared Learning Awards 2012 shortlist announced
Three organisations are in the running to win this year's Shared Learning Awards, following almost 60 entries from across the NHS, local authorities, and the voluntary and private sectors.
March 22, 2012

123 new quality standards announced
The latest set of quality standards covering a diverse range of topics, such as heart failure, irritable bowel syndrome, skin cancer, and obesity in adults, has been referred to NICE
March 21, 2012

Guidance at a glance on your smartphone
The official NICE Guidance app is available to download now for users of Android and iPhone smartphones.
March 20, 2012

NICE announces appointment of two new directors
NICE today announced that it has appointed two new directors to join its Senior Management Team.
March 6, 2012

Blood clot screening improves following NICE guidance
More than 90 per cent of patients are now being screened for their risk of developing blood clots following the launch of NICE guidelines on venous thromboembolism (VTE), latest figures reveal.
March 5, 2012

Calls to follow NICE quality standard to improve elderly care
NICE?s quality standard for patient experience in adult services should be used across health and social care to improve standards of dignity for the elderly, experts say.
March 1, 2012

NICE to produce 10 new quality standards
NICE will develop a range of new quality standards on topics such as autism, caesarean section, rheumatoid arthritis and self harm,  after the Department of Health referred its latest topics.
February 28, 2012

NICE key to delivering public health services
NICE will play a key role in helping local authorities create an integrated public health service underpinned by evidence on what health measures work, say experts.
February 23, 2012

Greater options for patients with type 2 diabetes
NICE has approved the use of exenatide in triple therapy regimens for patients with type 2 diabetes, in latest guidance.
February 22, 2012

Green light for earlier use of rheumatoid arthritis drug
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis can now be offered tocilizumab alongside other treatment options at an earlier stage, says NICE.
February 22, 2012

Tackle mental health problems among those with long-term conditions, says thinktank
Following NICE clinical guidelines can help improve the care of people with long-term conditions who also have mental health problems, a leading thinktank says.
February 10, 2012

NICE Annual Conference 2012 public health webinar
Sign up to the free NICE Annual Conference 2012 public health webinar for your chance to pose questions to a panel of expert speakers.
February 9, 2012

Improving access to NICE-approved drugs
NICE is to produce a best-practice guide to help trusts develop local formularies, as part of a move to ensure that all patients in England have access to clinically and cost-effective drugs.
February 2, 2012

Public asked for their views on Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF)
Anyone with an interest in health is invited to have their say on potential indicators for the proposed Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF), which will be used to improve the quality of commissioned health services and drive up standards of patient care across England.
February 1, 2012

Brain cooling for newborn babies improved following NICE guidance
A project to improve the care of newborn babies with brain injury has seen dramatically improved results, after championing NICE?s guidance on therapeutic hypothermia.
January 31, 2012

NICE to have 'key role' in adoption of genetic tests by NHS
NICE is to assess new genetic tests as part of a drive to adopt more genetic technology in the NHS, says a new report.
January 27, 2012

NICE approves new generation CT scanners
Four new generation cardiac computed tomography (CT) scanners can now be used by the NHS to help diagnose and manage patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who are difficult to image, says NICE.
January 25, 2012

New advice on anti-epileptic drugs
New recommendations on the use of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) for the treatment of adults and children with epilepsy have been set out, in updated NICE guidelines.
January 25, 2012

Nurses follow NICE blood clot guidelines
Thousands more nurses and healthcare assistants are following the NICE venous thromboembolism (VTE) guidelines, following a drive by the Royal College of Nursing to raise awareness of the "silent killer".
January 19, 2012

Improve health of NHS workforce, experts say
The NHS should do more to improve the health and wellbeing of its workforce by following NICE?s public health guidance, an independent panel of government advisors has said.
January 13, 2012

NICE opens up access to The Lancet
NHS and social care staff in England now have open access to the online version of The Lancet, thanks to an agreement between NICE and Elsevier to fund a national subscription.
January 11, 2012

QOF 2013/14 consultation opens
Potential new indicators for the 2013/14 Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) are now out for public consultation.
January 9, 2012

User experience of NHS adult mental health services should be improved
Adult mental health services in the NHS should be improved to provide person-centred care that tackles the stigma associated with mental illness, says NICE.
December 14, 2011

Potential organ donors should be identified as early as possible
Plans to improve the identification of potential organ donors and consent rates in order to address the shortage of organ transplants have been set out, in latest guidance from NICE.
December 12, 2011

Greater support for local government in new public health role
NICE is to help local government make the most of limited resources to commission the best possible public health services, by developing a series of value-for-money briefings.
December 7, 2011

Experts renew calls for routine HIV testing at GP surgeries
People who live in areas where there is a high prevalence of HIV should be offered testing for the infection when they first register with their GP, as recommended by NICE.
December 1, 2011

NICE at heart of new NHS Commissioning Outcomes Framework
NICE will have a significant role in the development of indicators for the new Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF) under proposals announced by the NHS Commissioning Board today.
November 29, 2011

Women could avoid having unnecessary caesareans
Women who have previously been advised to have a caesarean section may be able to avoid having unnecessary surgery, following an update to NICE guidelines.
November 23, 2011

Offer psychological interventions to people who self-harm
Psychological interventions should be offered to people who self-harm to help them overcome their behavioural problems, latest NICE guidance suggests.
November 23, 2011

Calls to curb unnecessary antibiotic prescribing
Doctors and nurses are being urged to tackle the rise in antibiotic resistance by helping to cut back on unnecessary use of the drugs.
November 18, 2011

Seek early diagnosis of COPD to slow its progress
Charities are urging people to seek an early diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to slow down progress of the condition.
November 16, 2011

NICE Annual Conference 2012 - programme unveiled
Shared learning and translating national guidance into local practice to deliver high quality care will be the focus of the NICE Annual Conference 2012.
November 10, 2011

First guideline on colorectal cancer care launched to promote best practice
NICE has set out recommendations for the treatment of colorectal cancer from diagnosis through to management, ongoing care and support.
November 9, 2011

Improvement in cancer diagnosis times, following NICE guidance
Bowel, oesophageal and pancreatic cancers have seen the greatest improvement in the time it takes from when a patient first visits their GP with symptoms to when they are diagnosed with the disease, research suggests.
November 8, 2011

Call for GPs to investigate headache problems
GPs should be given direct access to CT scans to investigate patients who present with headache for any serious underlying problems, say researchers.
November 3, 2011

NICE QOF indicators taken up
GPs will be able to provide better care for smokers and patients with atrial fibrillation, peripheral arterial disease and osteoporosis, following changes to the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) for 2012/13.
November 2, 2011

NICE gives green light to new clot-busting drug
GPs will be able to prescribe ticagrelor (Brilique), in combination with low-dose aspirin for up to 12 months, for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), following final guidance from NICE.
October 26, 2011

Greater management of hyperglycaemia in patients with acute coronary syndromes needed
Healthcare professionals should look out for signs of hyperglycaemia within the first 48 hours in patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), says NICE.
October 26, 2011

Study highlights benefits of radiotherapy after breast cancer surgery
Radiotherapy following breast-conserving surgery in breast cancer patients almost halves the risk of the cancer recurring, according to latest research published in the Lancet.
October 21, 2011

Government plans to tackle obesity unveiled
NICE is to support local authorities in developing ways to tackle the rising tide of obesity in England, as part of the government's plans to slash five billion calories off the nation's daily diet.
October 14, 2011

Share your story on using NICE guidance for prestigious award
NICE is calling on organisations which have tried creative new ways to put NICE guidance into practice to enter the 2012 NICE Shared Learning Awards.
October 12, 2011

Trusts urged to follow NICE multiple sclerosis guidance
NHS Trusts are being urged to follow NICE recommendations to improve care for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), following the results of a national audit.
October 10, 2011

Have your say on quality standard topics
Patient organisations and those representing health and social care professionals have just one week left to comment on the development of a library of healthcare topics, which will decide new quality standards.
October 6, 2011

Better information on unlicensed drugs for rare disease patients
NICE is to take responsibility for providing advice on unlicensed and off-label medicines for use in special circumstances, helping patients with rare diseases get better access to drugs, under new plans announced by the Department of Health.
October 5, 2011

Set up autism teams to improve services for under-18s, says NICE
Local autism teams should be set up across the country to improve the diagnosis and assessment of children and young people with autism, says NICE.
September 28, 2011

Women giving birth to twins or triplets should be offered specialist care
Women who are expecting twins or triplets should receive specialist care from a team of healthcare professionals, according to latest NICE guidance.
September 28, 2011

Changes to the way you receive NICE guidance
NICE is making some important changes to how you can access our guidance.
September 28, 2011

Following NICE guidelines for diabetes treatment 'could have saved NHS £625m'
The NHS could have saved a total of £625 million if it had prescribed NICE-recommended drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes as opposed to other treatment options, according to a new study.
September 26, 2011

NICE-recommended risk assessments 'help prevent falls in elderly'
Carrying out NICE-recommended risk assessments among the elderly could limit the numbers who have falls, a review in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests.
September 21, 2011

Call for new Fellows and Scholars
NICE is looking for influential professionals such as NHS managers, Trust Chief Executives, Medical and Finance Directors, and GP commissioners to join its prestigious Fellows and Scholars Programme.
September 19, 2011

Report renews calls for early diagnosis of dementia
Early diagnosis is necessary to improve the treatment, information and care given to people with dementia, according to a new report.
September 14, 2011

Number of off-licences linked to harmful drinking among young people
Areas with a large concentration of off-licences are likely to have higher numbers of young people going to hospital because of drinking, according to latest research.
September 9, 2011

Calls for 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, in radical update to NICE guidelines
Patients suspected of having hypertension should be sent home and told to wear a monitor for 24 hours, rather than having their blood pressure checked in the clinic, says NICE.
August 24, 2011

NICE recommends drug for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis
NICE has recommended the use of golimumab (Simponi) as a treatment option for ankylosing spondylitis in specific circumstances, in final guidance out today.
August 24, 2011

Over half of stroke patients admitted directly to specialist units
Over half of all patients with suspected stroke were admitted directly to a specialist acute stroke unit and assessed for thrombolysis, in line with NICE's stroke quality standard, latest figures reveal.
August 19, 2011

NICE is recruiting chairs for two social care quality standard groups
NICE is recruiting chairs to oversee the development of two pilot quality standards for social care.
August 19, 2011

Just 15 minutes of exercise a day can increase life expectancy
Exercising for just 15 minutes a day could increase life expectancy by 3 years and cut the risk of death by 14 per cent, latest research suggests.
August 16, 2011

Online survey aims to improve NICE guidance for patients and the public
NICE is gathering the opinions of patients and the public to help develop the ways it presents its guidance.
August 10, 2011

NICE advice could help in drive to cut medicines wastage
Following NICE's advice on medicines adherence could help in the battle against medicine wastage, which is costing the NHS £300 million each year.
August 8, 2011

People with stable angina should be initially offered optimal drug treatment
The initial management of people diagnosed with stable angina should be optimal drug treatment, rather than revascularisation procedures, according to NICE.
August 1, 2011

NICE COPD quality standard complements government strategy on respiratory disease
NICE's quality standard on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will be valuable in improving quality of care and will help the government achieve the aims of its strategy to improve outcomes for people with respiratory disease.
July 29, 2011

Kidney failure patients should receive balanced information on dialysis options
Patients with kidney failure should be given balanced advice so that they can make informed decisions about their choice of dialysis treatment, says NICE.
July 27, 2011

NICE approves new treatment for heart attacks
NICE has today  recommended the use of the drug bivalirudin (Angiox) in combination with aspirin and clopidogrel, for the treatment of adults who have had a type of myocardial infarction called a ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction or 'STEMI' who are undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention.
July 27, 2011

Draft guidance launched on new surgical treatment for severe asthma
A treatment for severe asthma that applies heat to the walls of the airway could reduce symptoms and improve quality of life, says draft guidance from NICE.
July 22, 2011

More investment needed in gathering evidence on effective behaviour change, says Lords committee
The Government must invest in gathering more evidence about what measures work to influence population behaviour change, according to a report by the House of Lords Science and Technology Sub-Committee, published today.
July 19, 2011

Parliamentary report calls for dementia care training
Training in dementia care should be offered to all staff working with older people in the health, social care and voluntary sectors, in line with NICE recommendations, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia has said.
July 12, 2011

Psychiatrists call for greater access to NICE-recommended psychological therapies
Access to psychological therapies in hospital wards "falls far short of acceptable standards", according to a new report.
June 30, 2011

NICE annual review 2010/11 published online
NICE has today published its annual review online, providing an overview of our work during 2010/11.
June 28, 2011

Stroke prevention surgery 'not performed in time'
More than half of stroke patients in the NHS are not getting early access to potentially life-saving stroke-prevention surgery, according to a report from the Royal College of Physicians and the Vascular Society.
June 24, 2011

People with hip fractures should be treated earlier
Patients with broken hips should be treated earlier and have surgery on the same day or the day after being admitted to hospital, says NICE.
June 22, 2011

Approval for new rheumatoid arthritis drug
NICE has recommended the use of the drug golimumab (Simponi) as an option for treating rheumatoid arthritis, in final guidance out today.
June 22, 2011

Government accepts changes to the Health and Social Care Bill
The government has agreed to make a series of  core changes to its Health and Social Care Bill, following a report by the NHS Future Forum.
June 16, 2011

GPs following NICE LUTS guidance
Nearly half of GPs are following NICE advice on the management of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in men, one year on from the launch of the guideline, a survey has found.
June 13, 2011

NICE guideline process earns international praise
NICE guidelines are among the most "trustworthy" in the world and meet a series of rigorous standards, a leading journal has concluded.
June 10, 2011

Fresh calls to cut the use of chemical cosh drugs
Experts have renewed calls for action to curb the use of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia.
June 9, 2011

Greater support for GPs to help diagnose common mental health disorders
GPs will be given greater support to help diagnose patients with common mental health disorders like anxiety and depression and ensure that they are offered the right treatment, following latest NICE guidance.
May 25, 2011

Green light for peripheral arterial disease drug
NICE has approved the use of the vasodilator drug naftidrofuryl oxalate for people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), in final guidance out today.
May 25, 2011

NICE outlines ways to prevent type 2 diabetes
Cost-effective physical activity, dietary and weight management interventions should be introduced to help prevent type 2 diabetes, says NICE.
May 25, 2011

Shared Learning Awards winner announced
Manchester Royal Infirmary has scooped this year's Shared Learning Award for their work in transforming haemodialysis treatment in Manchester.
May 11, 2011

Social care heads the new agenda for NICE
Integrating health and social care is ?absolutely fundamental? to helping drive up the quality of patient care, as NICE outlines plans to extend its remit into social care guidance for adults and children.
May 10, 2011

NICE launches Pathways online tool
NICE has launched a new online tool for health and social care professionals which, for the first time, brings together all connected NICE guidance on a topic in a user-friendly electronic flowchart.
May 10, 2011

Countdown to the NICE annual conference 2011
The health and social care bill, GP consortia and value-based pricing are just some of the hot topics to be discussed at this year's NICE Annual conference.
May 6, 2011

Antibiotic prescribing cut by three-quarters following NICE advice
NICE guidance has helped to cut down on unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for the prevention of infective endocarditis, latest research suggests.
May 6, 2011

Women should be offered a blood test for ovarian cancer
Women who present to their GP with symptoms of ovarian cancer should be offered a simple blood test in an attempt to diagnose the "silent killer" early on, says NICE.
April 27, 2011

NICE recommends romiplostim for the treatment of rare blood disorder
NICE has recommended the use of romiplostim for the treatment of patients with severe, chronic thrombocytopenic purpura.
April 27, 2011

NHS trusts failing to tackle staff obesity
Just 15 per cent of NHS trusts have a policy or plan to help tackle staff obesity, a report by the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine has revealed.
April 15, 2011

NHS could save £500 million by cutting out ineffective treatments
The NHS could free up £500 million a year to spend on better care for patients by carrying out fewer ineffective or inefficient treatments, a report by the Audit Commission suggests. 
April 14, 2011

Experts urge PCTs in England to improve care for high cholesterol condition
The NHS in England is lagging behind the rest of the UK when it comes to indentifying and treating patients with the inherited condition familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), a leading expert has warned.
April 12, 2011

NICE unveils latest Fellows and Scholars
Exploring whether patients should give consent for CT scans, increasing the green credentials of the NHS, and examining the uptake of NICE guidance are just some of the projects planned by the latest group of fellows and scholars.
April 1, 2011

NICE launches training pack for maternity settings
NICE has launched a training package to support and reinforce the skills and competencies of midwives, health visitors and social workers when raising sensitive issues with pregnant women who face difficult social circumstances.
March 31, 2011

NICE calls for routine offer of HIV tests in high prevalence areas
GPs in areas of high HIV prevalence should offer routine HIV testing when registering new patients and to anyone who has a blood test, says NICE.
March 23, 2011

NICE publishes guideline on diabetic foot problems
NICE has published a guideline for the care of people with diabetic foot problems in hospital, as the number of people with diabetes continues to rise.
March 23, 2011

NICE responds to government's plans to introduce value-based pricing
NICE has issued its response to the government's plans to introduce a new value-based system of pricing medicines which aims to give NHS patients better access to effective and innovative medicines.
March 21, 2011

NICE guidance can help stub out smoking
NICE's public health guidance can help local communities take an evidence-based approach to reducing smoking rates, according to the government's tobacco control plan.
March 15, 2011

Shortlist for Shared Learning Awards 2011 announced
Three organisations are in with a chance of winning this year's Shared Learning Awards, following almost 100 entries from across the NHS, local authorities, and the voluntary and private sectors.
March 7, 2011

More people receiving checks for blood clot risk, following NICE's call for screening
The number of people who are being screened for their risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) on admission to hospital has increased following recommendations made by NICE, figures reveal.
March 4, 2011

NICE advice on preventing scalds backed by study findings
Installing a thermostatic mixing valve in the home is an effective way of controlling bath water temperature and could help to reduce the number of children who suffer bath water scalds, research suggests.
March 3, 2011

Potential new QOF indicators unveiled
New indicators for asthma, cardiovascular disease, obesity and smoking could be added to the 2012/13 Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), as NICE opens its consultation on potential indicators.
February 28, 2011

New guidance to tackle alcohol problems
Just 6 per cent of people in England who have an alcohol problem are receiving treatment for it, as NICE calls for screening and better access to alcohol withdrawal services.
February 23, 2011

Helping local authorities keep children safe from unintentional injuries
NICE has produced two new tools to support the recently published guidance on preventing unintentional injuries in children and young people under 15.
February 23, 2011

NICE warns against the use of alternative testing for food allergy in children
Children are being placed on restrictive and potentially dangerous diets as parents look to the internet and the high street for alternative tests to diagnose food allergy, NICE warns.
February 23, 2011

NICE launches online resource for general practice
NICE has launched a new section of its website, designed to help staff in general practice get the most out of evidence and guidance provided by NICE.
February 21, 2011

NICE advice could save NHS £290 million in sick days
Following NICE's workplace advice could make the NHS more productive and contribute to saving £290 million lost through sick days, as the Audit Commission highlights large variations in levels of sickness absence across the NHS.
February 10, 2011

Cash boost for psychological therapies to treat mental health
£400 million is to be invested into improving access to NICE-approved psychological therapies, as part of the Government's new strategy to transform the mental health and well-being of the nation.
February 2, 2011

NICE's Fellows programme extended to social care
NICE is extending its Fellows programme so that a senior social care professional can be included among this year's intake.
February 1, 2011

Call for new QOF topics
GPs and other health professionals, along with patients and charity groups, are being invited to suggest topics for new indicators for the 2013/14 Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).
January 31, 2011

NICE calls for national campaigns to warn of the risks of UV radiation
National mass-media campaigns warning the public of the risks of UV radiation - the leading cause of skin cancer - should continue to be developed and sustained by NHS commissioners and local authorities, as rates of melanoma rise faster than any other cancer in the UK.
January 26, 2011

NICE updates anxiety guidance
GPs should not offer benzodiazepines or antipsychotics to patients presenting with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), according to updated guidance from NICE.
January 26, 2011

NHS failing to screen for deadly heart condition
100,000 people in the UK are at risk of developing a potentially deadly heart condition known as familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), as trusts fail to act on NICE's call for early diagnosis.
January 25, 2011

NICE Annual Conference 2011: last chance to register for discounted early booking tickets
Less than one week now remains to register for special early booking rate tickets at the NICE Annual Conference 2011.
January 18, 2011

Final call for entries for NICE's Shared Learning Awards
NICE is calling on organisations concerned with the care, treatment or prevention of health conditions to enter the 2011 Shared Learning Awards.
January 13, 2011

New cancer drive to save 5,000 lives a year
NICE will produce a series of quality standards on cancer care, as part of the government's strategy to drive up England's cancer survival rates.
January 12, 2011

Thirty one new quality standards to be developed by NICE
Quality standards for thirty one new clinical areas are to be produced by NICE in the latest round of development, on topics including asthma, bipolar disorder, diabetes and four different types of cancer.
December 23, 2010

NICE Annual Conference 2011: Earl Howe joins confirmed speakers
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality, Earl Howe, has been confirmed as keynote speaker to close the NICE Annual Conference next year.
December 16, 2010

NHS wasting tens of millions each year on expensive insulin
The NHS is wasting tens of millions each year by using a more expensive type of insulin, despite NICE recommending a cheaper alternative.
December 16, 2010

More patients with vascular disease to benefit from clopidogrel use
GPs will now be able to prescribe clopidogrel for the prevention of vascular events in patients who have had a previous stroke or have peripheral arterial disease, as NICE widens use of the drug.
December 15, 2010

NICE gives green light to balloon catheter, in first medical technology guidance
NICE has approved the use of a balloon catheter for use in coronary artery surgery, in the first ever piece of guidance from its new medical technology programme.
December 6, 2010

Local authorities placed "right at the forefront" of public health
Local authorities will be handed control of commissioning public health services from a new ring-fenced budget, under plans set out in the government's public health white paper.
December 1, 2010

NHS Atlas reveals diabetes "postcode lottery"
Patients with diabetes face a postcode lottery of care, with a 35-fold variation across England in the number of diabetics who are receiving all nine of the NICE key care processes, according to the NHS Atlas of Variation.
November 25, 2010

NICE recommends a new treatment for certain patients with gastric cancer
NICE has recommended the use of trastuzumab (Herceptin) in combination with other treatments for certain patients with metastatic gastric cancer, in guidance out today.
November 24, 2010

NICE calls for safer homes and roads to cut the number of child injuries and deaths
Taking simple steps to make the home safer, such as fitting smoke alarms and window restrictors, could help to reduce the number of children who die or are seriously injured from unintentional injuries every year, says NICE.
November 23, 2010

Cutting salt intake could lead to a healthy heart
Eating smaller amounts of salt every day as a teenager could help to reduce high blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke in adulthood, research suggests.
November 18, 2010

Mums-to-be not given advice on weight management
Many women do not receive proper support and advice on weight management and healthy eating during and after pregnancy, despite recommendations from NICE, survey findings suggest.
November 15, 2010

Final call for healthcare professionals to join NICE's Fellows and Scholars Programme
Doctors, nurses, NHS managers and other healthcare professionals have until the end of November to apply for NICE's Fellows and Scholars Programme, now in its second year.
November 12, 2010

Experts call for a holistic approach to COPD assessment
GPs and practice nurses should not diagnose the severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) based on measurements of airflow alone, but should consider other factors such as breathlessness and BMI, leading lung experts have said.
November 11, 2010

Children with glue ear receiving best care, following promotion of NICE guidance  
Doctors are successfully following NICE guidelines on the surgical management of glue ear, following a drive to boost awareness of the guidance, a study has found.
November 4, 2010

Male cancer patients missing out on sperm banking
Many men - whose fertility may be at risk from cancer treatment - are being denied the chance to store their sperm, as doctors fail to follow NICE recommendations, latest research suggests.
October 28, 2010

First national guidance to treat bedwetting in children
Children under the age of seven should now be considered for treatment for bedwetting, as NICE signals a change to current practice.
October 27, 2010

NICE calls for action on dementia care
NICE has today joined forces with charities, royal colleges, public and private sectors in a pledge to transform the quality of life for people living with dementia.
October 26, 2010

NICE launches database to cut inappropriate GP referrals
An online database offering GPs advice on referring patients from primary to secondary care could help to reduce the number of inappropriate referrals and ensure value for money in the NHS, says NICE.
October 20, 2010

New guidance to improve quality of life for children and young people in care
Early and improved access to mental health services should be made available as standard practice for children and young people in care, a group vulnerable to developing mental health problems, according to new guidance from NICE and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
October 19, 2010

GPs should monitor the use of anti-obesity drug, study suggests
GPs are prescribing the anti-obesity drug orlistat in line with NICE recommendations, but many patients are being left on the drug even if they fail to lose any weight, say researchers.
October 8, 2010

Experts call for beta-blocker use in heart failure
GPs should not be afraid to put patients on beta-blockers when treating them for heart failure, experts have said.
October 8, 2010

NICE to launch new online resource for GPs
NICE is developing a new section of the website to support and encourage the use of our guidance in general practice.
October 6, 2010

NICE asks the public for views on incentives to improve health
Using incentives could be an effective way of encouraging people to make positive lifestyle changes like giving up smoking or losing weight, says NICE's Citizens Council, a group which brings the views of ordinary people to NICE's decision-making.
September 28, 2010

More flexible antenatal care needed to support vulnerable mums-to-be
Pregnant women living in difficult social circumstances, including those who misuse drugs or experience domestic abuse, need specialised, flexible antenatal care to prevent serious complications before and after giving birth, says new guidance published today by NICE.
September 22, 2010

Surgery for obese could 'save millions of pounds'
Following NICE guidance on bariatric surgery could save the economy hundreds of millions of pounds and the NHS around £56 million every year, leading surgeons said yesterday.
September 9, 2010

Smoking in pregnancy linked to fertility problems
Smoking during early pregnancy can have an adverse affect on the fertility of the baby in later life, a study has found.
September 8, 2010

People who suffer from blackouts may be going undiagnosed, says NICE
People who experience spontaneous blackouts may be missing out on an accurate and timely diagnosis of their symptoms because of inadequate assessments made by healthcare staff, NICE has warned.
August 25, 2010

A daily dose of aspirin could protect against hypertension in pregnancy
Mums-to-be who are at-risk of developing hypertension during pregnancy should take a small amount of aspirin every day to ward off the condition, latest NICE guidance suggests.
August 25, 2010

NHS organisations to be named in report into the uptake of NICE-approved drugs on the NHS
NHS organisations will, for the first time, be named in this year's report on the uptake of NICE-approved drugs on the NHS in England, to be published in November.
August 20, 2010

New advice on rosiglitazone use
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a new warning over the use of rosiglitazone (Avandia) for the treatment of type-2 diabetes, as evidence grows of cardiovascular risk.
August 10, 2010

First NHS audit of NICE's workplace guidance
The first national audit among NHS staff of NICE's public health guidance for the workplace is to begin later this month, the Royal College of Physicians has announced.
August 6, 2010

GPs could cut prescribing costs by following NICE advice
Following NICE guidance when prescribing drugs to treat conditions such as heart disease and diabetes could help in the drive to save £20 billion in the health service by 2013.
August 5, 2010

NICE announces 2011/12 QOF indicators
GPs could be given new incentives to improve the care of patients with diabetes, dementia and mental health problems like schizophrenia, after NICE announced a menu of potential indicators for the Quality and Outcomes Framework.
August 5, 2010

GPs warned over meningitis care
GPs are being urged to be alert to the signs of meningitis, after the Medical Defence Union (MDU) revealed that it has paid out £22 million since 1998 in legal claims for failures and delays in diagnosing the infection.
August 4, 2010

NICE issues pregnancy weight management guidance, as the number of obese mothers soars
Obese mums-to-be should be encouraged to lose weight before they become pregnant, in order to reduce the risk of major complications during pregnancy, latest NICE guidance suggests.
July 28, 2010

NICE calls for specialist cancer teams to boost patient care
Specialist cancer teams should be set up to improve the care and treatment of patients whose cancer has spread to other parts of the body from an unknown primary location, NICE says.
July 26, 2010

NICE says 'yes' to over 80 per cent of treatments
Over 80 per cent of the recommendations that NICE has made about new treatments since it started work in 1999 have been positive.
July 21, 2010

£2.3 million MRC investment to support nine new research projects across the UK
The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded £2.3 million for new research into the academic methods underpinning advice given by NICE on how the NHS should make the most of its resources, it was announced today.
July 19, 2010

NICE's medical technologies programme issues first draft guidance
The first piece of draft guidance has been published from NICE's new medical technologies programme, set up to help the NHS adopt efficient and cost effective medical devices and diagnostics more rapidly and consistently.
July 15, 2010

NHS to undergo radical reforms
NICE is to develop quality standards for social care, as part of the Government's new plans to reform the NHS to place patients at the heart of the health service.
July 13, 2010

Concerns raised over alcohol advertising
More needs to be done to restrict the advertising of alcohol to children and young people and to regulate the growing problem of online adverts, experts have said.
July 9, 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

NICE launches quality standards for the NHS
NICE has unveiled the first set of quality standards, setting out a vision of what high-quality care should look like for patients on the NHS.
July 1, 2010

Evidence Search calls for guidance producers
NHS Evidence is calling on organisations that produce healthcare guidance to join its accreditation scheme, set up to help health and social care professionals indentify the most reliable and trusted sources of guidance.
June 29, 2010

Cutting salt and fat levels in food could save thousands of lives, says NICE
Up to 40,000 deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented each year by reducing the levels of salt and saturated fat in our food, latest guidance from NICE suggests.
June 22, 2010

NICE annual review 2009/10 published online
To find out more about our work during 2009/10 take a look at annual review microsite.
June 21, 2010

Diabetes care improves, but patients still missing out on key tests
More people with diabetes are now receiving all nine of the key tests for diabetes care recommended by NICE, but thousands are still missing out on the essential tests, according to latest figures from the National Diabetes Audit.
June 17, 2010

Cutting drink-drive limit could save lives, NICE study finds
Cutting the drink-drive limit for motorists in England and Wales by almost half could prevent around 3,000 road injuries and 145 deaths in the first year alone, a study by NICE has found.
June 16, 2010

Doctors should use NICE guidance to tackle health inequalities
Doctors should focus on tackling health inequalities as part of their everyday practice, a report by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) concludes.
June 11, 2010

NICE calls for minimum pricing for alcohol
A minimum price for a unit of alcohol should be introduced to help tackle the rise in problem drinking in Britain, says NICE.
June 2, 2010

NICE publishes 100th clinical guideline
NICE has today published its 100th clinical guideline, 8 years on from when the very first commissioned guideline, on the treatment and care of individuals with schizophrenia, was released.
June 2, 2010

Gefitinib for non small cell lung cancer
NICE recommends gefitinib (Iressa) as an option for the first-line treatment of people with locally advanced or metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer if they test positive for the epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase (EGFR-TK) mutation.
May 27, 2010

Liver cancer drug not recommended for the NHS
NICE has been unable to recommend sorafenib (Nexavar, Bayer) for treating advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) because its high cost could not be justified by its marginal benefit.
May 26, 2010

NICE workplace guidance could banish recession blues
NICE guidance on mental wellbeing in the workplace could help to keep employees healthy, as latest figures reveal that the recession has left British workers stressed and depressed.
May 18, 2010

NICE resumes publishing guidance from 17 May
With the new government now established, we will start publishing draft and final guidance documents from Monday 17 May. Consultations and final guidance for clinical guidelines, interventional procedures, public health and quality standards will be issued first. Timelines for technology appraisals are still being reviewed, but we hope to issue draft and final technology appraisal guidance documents shortly after.
May 14, 2010

NICE and the general election: update
Public bodies, including the NHS, have a duty to be politically impartial.  As an NHS body, NICE must make sure that its conduct and procedures during the general election do not call its impartiality into question
May 7, 2010

NICE responds to Sunday Express story on delays to guidance publication
The Chief Executive of NICE, Sir Andrew Dillon, has today written to Martin Townsend, Editor of the Sunday Express.
April 26, 2010

NICE responds to Daily Mail story on cancer drugs
The Chairman of NICE, Sir Michael Rawlins, today sent the following letter to Andy Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Health; Andrew Lansley; Shadow Secretary of State for Health; Norman Lamb MP, Shadow Health Secretary; and Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail
April 9, 2010

NICE and the general election campaign
Public bodies, including the NHS, have a duty to be politically impartial.  As an NHS body, NICE must make sure that its conduct and procedures during the general election do not call its impartiality into question
April 6, 2010

NICE launches guidance webpage for patients and the public
NICE has launched a new page on the website that will allow,  for the first time, patients, carers and members of the public to search for the versions of guidance that are written for them.
April 1, 2010

NICE unveils Fellows and Scholars
NICE has revealed its first ever list of Fellows and Scholars which includes a range of leading health professionals with expertise in areas such as general practice, public health, psychiatry and radiology.
March 31, 2010

Department of Health asks NICE to look into Avastin use for eye conditions
The Department of Health has asked NICE to explore with stakeholders what value we can add in advising the NHS on the clinical and cost effectiveness of Avastin (bevacizumab) to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the UK, and other conditions affecting the eye.
March 30, 2010

Change to lipid modification guideline CG67
Changes have been made to the guideline on Cardiovascular risk assessment and the modification of blood lipids for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CG67). The changes relate to recommendations on methods of cardiovascular risk estimation.
March 25, 2010

NICE heart guidance set to cut the number of deaths from heart attacks
As soon as patients are diagnosed with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a group of heart conditions that includes unstable angina and heart attacks, they should be screened to identify their risk of future heart attacks and offered treatment tailored to their individual needs, according to latest NICE guidance.
March 24, 2010

NICE weight management in pregnancy guidance to help tackle rise in maternal obesity
Rates of obesity in pregnancy are rising across the UK with 1 in every 1,000 women who gives birth now found to have extreme obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 50 or more.
March 23, 2010

NICE to consider latest blood pressure research
NICE is to examine latest research suggesting that people who have fluctuating blood pressure readings could be at greater risk of suffering a stroke than those with consistently high readings.
March 12, 2010

Trusts urged to follow NICE guidance to cut health inequalities
Primary care trusts (PCTs) should follow NICE public health guidance to help reduce health inequalities across England, as a report by the Audit Commission reveals a widening gap between the poor and those who are better off.
March 11, 2010

Campaign launched to improve access to NICE-approved talking therapies
The mental health charity Mind has teamed up with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists to launch a new campaign calling for better access to psychological therapies.
March 9, 2010

NICE education modules
Over 95,000 healthcare professionals have used NICE's online learning modules to improve their knowledge of key clinical areas since their launch in 2005.
March 8, 2010

NICE recommends drug for most common form of leukaemia
NICE has today recommended the use of rituximab (MabThera) as a treatment for patients who suffer from relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, the most common form of the cancer in the UK.
March 4, 2010

NICE unable to recommend bone marrow disease drug
NICE is disappointed to be unable to recommend the use of azacitidine (Vidaza) for the treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a group of rare bone marrow disorders.
March 4, 2010

NICE to play key role in national autism strategy
NICE is developing a clinical guideline to help improve the care of adults with autism that will contribute to achieving the aims of the first ever autism strategy for adults in England.
March 3, 2010

NICE recommends drug for soft tissue cancers
NICE has today recommended the use of trabectedin (Yondelis) on the NHS, in a move that could help to extend the lives of hundreds of patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma.
February 24, 2010

Pregnancy weight gain linked to diabetes, as NICE issues draft weight management guidance
Women who put on excessive weight during pregnancy could increase their risk of developing diabetes during the second and third trimester by 74 per cent, according to US research.
February 23, 2010

NICE recommends liraglutide for diabetes triple therapy
NICE has recommended the use of liraglutide (Victoza), a once-daily injection, for the treatment of type-2 diabetes as part of triple therapy regimens, under latest draft guidance.
February 15, 2010

NICE is key to achieving goals of the Marmot Review
NICE has had a major impact on improving life expectancy rates in England, and will play a key role in continuing to drive down health inequalities, according to commissioners of the Marmot Review.
February 11, 2010

Evidence to support chronic myeloid leukaemia drugs
NICE is unable to recommend the use of dasatinib and nilotinib for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia in patients who cannot tolerate the first-line treatment imatinib, after finding that the evidence to support their use is "very poor".
February 9, 2010

Citizens Council vote in favour of harm reduction in smoking
The Citizens Council, a group which brings the views of the public to NICE?s decision-making, has voted overwhelmingly in favour of the use of harm reduction as a way to reduce the dangers of smoking.
February 1, 2010

Sibutramine (Reductil): marketing authorisation suspended
The MHRA have announced the suspension of the marketing authorisation for the obesity drug sibutramine (Reductil).
January 29, 2010

NICE blood clot guideline to save thousands of lives
Around 10,000 lives could be saved each year if patients are assessed for their risk of developing blood clots as soon as they are admitted to hospital, latest NICE guidelines suggest.
January 27, 2010

More cancer research needed, says NICE
The Database of Cancer Uncertainties will help to "accelerate the process" of identifying areas for future cancer research, according to Professor Peter Littlejohns, clinical and public health director at NICE.
January 22, 2010

Study supports NICE bariatric surgery recommendations
Extremely obese patients could gain around three years life expectancy if they undergo bariatric surgery, US research suggests.
January 19, 2010

NICE dementia guidelines not followed, report finds
Dementia services in England are not getting the priority that they deserve, with many trusts failing to follow recommendations set out in NICE dementia guidelines, a report by the National Audit Office has found.
January 14, 2010

NICE issues schizophrenia commissioning guide
A commissioning guide to help primary and secondary care teams offer the best treatment and management for adults with schizophrenia has been published by NICE.
January 13, 2010

NICE backs call for minimum pricing for alcohol
NICE has backed calls for the introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol as a way of tackling the rise in binge drinking and alcohol related deaths in the UK.
January 8, 2010

Helping save the sight of thousands of people
Nearly half a million people in England are affected by chronic open angle glaucoma (COAG). The condition is caused by optic nerve damage and can lead to blindness. Throughout the UK around 10% of people who are registered as blind lost their sight as a result of some form of glaucoma.
June 22, 2009

First publication of terminated technology appraisals
This month, for the first time, it was not possible to carry out full appraisals on four treatments, due to insufficient evidence from the manufacturer.
June 30, 2008

First public health guidance to be published on 31 March
The first two sets of public health guidance from NICE will be published on 31 March. Guidance on physical activity interventions will consider the effectiveness of four methods in encouraging individuals to become more active, and is for professionals in the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary sector.
June 14, 2007

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