NICE to host National Clinical Assessment Service for one year
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is to be the new host of the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS). This will be for an interim period of one year, from April 2012 to the end of March 2013, subject to due diligence checks.
NCAS is currently part of the National Patient Safety Agency. The NPSA is due to close in early 2012 and a short term hosting arrangement is therefore needed for NCAS. The Department of Health has asked NICE to take on the role of hosting, to allow NCAS a further period of planning for its long term future.
The important work of NCAS will continue and it will provide the current range of services to the NHS during this transitional and hosting period. Its staff will be employed by NICE, which will provide a range of business support services. The Department of Health will assume responsibility for determining the long term management arrangements for NCAS.
Sir Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive, said: "The National Clinical Assessment Service provides a valuable national service as an independent advisory body, bringing its expertise to the resolution of concerns about professional practice. Although its work is completely separate from that of NICE, we are happy to provide NCAS with a home for the 2012-13 financial year."
Notes to Editors
1. NCAS will transition into NICE on 1 April 2012 and will transition out on 31 March 2013.
2. For information on the work of NCAS, please visit http://www.ncas.nhs.uk
3. For information on the role of NCAS from April 2013, please contact the Department of Health.
1. NCAS is a national service bringing expertise to the resolution of concerns about professional practice. The service was established in April 2001 following recommendations made in the Chief Medical Officer for England's reports, Supporting Doctors, Protecting Patients (November 1999), and Assuring the Quality of Medical Practice: Implementing Supporting Doctors, Protecting Patients (January 2001). Initially, NCAS' remit covered doctors but was extended to dentists in 2004 and to pharmacists in 2009. Its coverage has also extended incrementally, from the NHS in England at the start, to the whole of the UK and its associated states, and across the public and independent sectors of health. NCAS became a division of the National Patient Safety Agency following the Arm's Length Bodies Review in 2004.
2. NCAS works to resolve concerns about the practice of doctors, dentists and pharmacists by providing case management services to healthcare organisations and to individual practitioners. Its aim is to work with all parties to clarify the concerns, understand what is leading to them and make recommendations to help practitioners deliver a high quality and safe service.
1. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.
2. NICE produces guidance in three areas of health:
- public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sector
- health technologies - guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments, medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics) and procedures within the NHS
- clinical practice - guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS.
3. NICE produces standards for patient care:
- quality standards - these reflect the very best in high quality patient care, to help healthcare practitioners and commissioners of care deliver excellent services
- Quality and Outcomes Framework - NICE develops the clinical and health improvement indicators in the QOF, the Department of Health scheme which rewards GPs for how well they care for patients.
4. NICE provides advice and support on putting NICE guidance and standards into practice throughits implementation programme, and it collates and accredits high quality health guidance, research and information to help health professionals deliver the best patient care through NHS Evidence.
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