Education modules for NICE guidance
NICE has developed a range of online education modules in collaboration with BMJ Learning. These are currently hosted on the BMJ Learning website. The tools are free to use and open to all. You will need to provide your email address and a password to register with BMJ Learning.
Using the online education modules will enable you to be:
- more aware of recent evidence as summarised in the relevant NICE guidance
- better able to challenge misconceptions about putting the guidance into practice
- better able to apply your newly acquired knowledge in your practice and to address any potential barriers
- better able to reflect and compare your own practice with the NICE recommendations.
Case study - Improving adherence to NICE CVD guidelines in West Yorkshire
The Honley surgery in West Yorkshire developed a PowerPoint presentation and educational guide to help ensure that the NICE guidelines on lipid modification, hypertension and familial hypercholesterolaemia were being followed.
This came about after the practice identified that they were carrying out too many unnecessary cholesterol tests and blood pressure checks, which was eating into the GP's time.
The presentation was sent to all GPs, practice nurses and healthcare assistants, and any administrative staff in the practice who were interested, with the aim of making sure everyone was confident in their management of the different groups of patients involved.
Following on from this, a guide to the diagnosis, initial management and follow-up of hypertensive patients was produced and distributed.
Since then, the practice has reaped the rewards with a reduction in the number of unnecessary lipid tests being done, as much of the uncertainty around how often tests should be done has disappeared.
Prescribing of simvastatin has increased, in line with the guidelines, and a number of patients on low dose simvastatin have been identified who could benefit from a move to a higher 40mg dose of the statin.
This page was last updated: 17 February 2011