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How to use NICE guidance to commission high-quality services

NICE has developed a guide to support people involved in commissioning health and social care services and public health programmes in developing systems and processes that embed NICE guidance into commissioning.

Developed and written by commissioners the guide explains how NICE guidance can support the commissioning of new services, the evaluation or redesign of existing services, and the decommissioning of ineffective interventions. It also describes how commissioners can use NICE guidance throughout the commissioning cycle and in achieving world class commissioning competencies. The guide combines information, case studies about using NICE guidance in commissioning, and suggestions for further reading and resources.

The guide is split into 6 parts:

  • Part 1 outlines the background to producing the guide.
  • Part 2 covers how PCT boards can support the use of NICE guidance.
  • Part 3 sets out how NICE guidance can help commissioners.
  • Part 4 discusses how NICE guidance can be used throughout the commissioning cycle.
  • Part 5 outlines the support NICE offers to commissioners.
  • Part 6 gives further details on how you can get involved with NICE.

A list of organisations and individuals who contributed to the development of this guide is available. Thank you to all those who commented and provided their valuable input into the production of the guide.

We would welcome your feedback on this guide. Please email penny.barber@nice.org.uk with any comments you may have.

This page was last updated: 05 May 2010

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