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. Regular physical activity is key to achieving and

Published November 2012

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). The CCG OIS aims to improve the quality of

Published August 2013

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. Lung cancer is the largest cause of death among cancers in England, leading to 28,000 deaths per year. It also has

Published May 2012

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. “Nearly half of potentially salvageable heart muscle is

Published July 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. One in five patients who are emergency admissions to hospital will present with AKI, a condition that refers to the loss of

Published August 2013

Thousands of strokes and deaths preventable from ‘silent killer’

Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes the heart to beat irregularly, and often speed up. Around 800,000 people in the UK have AF, though up to 250,000 people may be living with AF that is unrecognised. The condition is described as a ‘silent

Published June 2014

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. One in five patients who are emergency admissions to hospital will present with AKI, a condition that refers to the loss of kidney

Published August 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. In current practice, patients having breast cancer surgery to

Published August 2013

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. In an update to the existing guideline on lipid modification, NICE is proposing that the

Published April 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. Each year, it's thought almost one-and-a-half

Published January 2014

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. Research from the Teenage Cancer Trust reveals that a quarter of young people visited their GP four

Published May 2012

Statement of collaboration between NICE and Public Heath England

NICE and Public Health England and have agreed to collaborate on: Communicating with and supporting the local public health system Reviewing evidence and providing evidence-based guidance and other products Providing access to evidence about

Published February 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. In the first clinical guideline to focus

Published January 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. Managing autism can be challenging due to the

Published August 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. Ulcerative colitis is the most common type of inflammatory disease of the bowel

Published June 2013

Standardising postnatal care for mothers and babies

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

Published July 2013

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. The UK is facing an obesity crisis, with prevalence rising among both adults and

Published November 2012

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. The award seeks to recognise the achievements local government has made in meeting new

Published April 2014

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. Social care is a new area of responsibility for NICE following the publication of

Published August 2012

Smokeless tobacco products pose serious health risks

Smokeless tobacco products used by some people in South Asian communities are associated with serious health risks such as oral cancer and cardiovascular disease, according to latest NICE guidance. Many members of the South Asian community use

Published September 2012

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. Patients with lower bowel symptoms, such as chronic abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation are often seen in

Published October 2013

Simple test to help diagnose and manage asthma

NICE recommends three devices - NIOX MINO and NIOX VERO (Aerocrine), and NObreath (Bedfont Scientific Ltd) - to measure nitric oxide levels which are raised in people with asthma. In the UK, 5.4 million people are estimated to have asthma - the

Published April 2014

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. The team championed NICE guidance on therapeutic hypothermia for babies

Published May 2012

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. Hypertension currently affects around 12 million people in the UK, with an estimated 5.7

Published March 2013

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. While the majority of women in the UK have pregnancies without complications, problems during pregnancy do occur. Miscarriage,

Published September 2012

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. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes stroke and coronary heart disease, is the leading cause of death both

Published March 2013

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. Introduced in 2004 as part of the General Medical Services Contract, the QOF is an incentive scheme

Published August 2012

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. In response, NICE's chief executive, Sir Andrew Dillon, said: "NICE has not spent money in champagne bars and the

Published January 2014

Realistic weight loss goals better than quick fixes

The number of people who are overweight or obese in England continues to rise with more than a quarter of adults now classified as obese and a further 42% of men and a third of women classed are overweight. The long-term consequences of obesity

Published July 2014

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. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in England. Around 83 per cent of cases occur in

Published August 2012

Quality standard highlights need for greater awareness of men presenting with LUTS

NICE's quality standard on lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) highlights the need for greater awareness of the initial assessment and management of the condition. The risk of bothersome symptoms associated with the lower urinary tract tends to

Published September 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. While the majority of multiple births are healthy resulting in healthy babies, they do pose greater

Published September 2013

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. NICE's local

Published January 2014

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 clinically and cost effective treatment, according to NICE. Social anxiety disorder, which has been called 'social phobia' in the past, is one of the most

Published May 2013

Public input helps shape NICE's social care work

NICE will develop innovative 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. This follows a series of recommendations made by NICE's Citizens

Published July 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. Many adult patients in hospital require intravenous (IV) fluid therapy, or fluid given through

Published May 2013

People with HIV must receive earlier diagnoses

HIV is a virus most often transmitted through unprotected sex, leaving people less able to fight infections. In 2012, an estimated 98,400 people in the UK were living with HIV. Yet up to 21,900 people with HIV were unaware that they were

Published June 2014

Project to reduce antibiotic prescribing wins 2014 NICE Shared Learning Award

Delegates at the NICE Annual Conference in Birmingham voted for the project for the way it reduced unnecessary antibiotic prescribing by 15 per cent over a three-month period. The growing resistance to antibiotics due to overuse is one of the most

Published August 2014

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. Official statistics published last week

Published October 2013

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. Currently, just one in ten people

Published November 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. Headaches are one of the most common complaints presented to GPs and neurologists,

Published September 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. Those aged 40 and over who develop a

Published June 2012

Open up the processes behind drug evaluation, says NICE chair

Speaking at the NICE Annual Conference in Birmingham, Professor David Haslam acknowledged that factors such as the need to encourage innovation can incur costs. However, he told delegates that this still does not explain the

Published June 2014

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. For many people with cancer, heart failure or other chronic or neurodegenerative conditions, strong opioids like

Published May 2012

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. Conduct disorders are a serious, but frequently unrecognised, mental health

Published March 2013

Member: QSAC – Suite of cardiovascular disease topics

Become a specialist member of a quality standards advisory committee for a suite of CVD quality standards NICE works wi...

Published August 2014

Seminar at the Centre for Global Development delivered by NICE International

NICE International delivered a seminar at the Centre for Global Development in Washington DC on improving the use of economic evaluation for global health funders. The seminar was attended by a range of individuals from Washington-based institutions

Published August 2014

Adoption project for the geko device for reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism

Adoption project for the geko device for reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism NICE published guidance recommendi...

Published August 2014

NICE International at HTAi

June 2014 NICE International attended the 11th annual meeting of the Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) in Washington DC. The conference theme was “optimizing patinet-centred care in an era of economic uncertainty” and

Published August 2014

NICE recommends new tests for bleeding problems during and after cardiac surgery

The guidance also recommends further research for the use of viscoelastometric testing in the management of emergency bleeding in cases of trauma and post-partum haemorrhage because the technologies show promise. During surgery the blood clotting

Published August 2014
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