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NICE commissioning resources

The 2012 Health and Social Care Act put general practitioners at the forefront of radical changes to the way that NHS services are commissioned.

The Act also puts NICE at the heart of plans for the NHS and social care. The emphasis on outcomes requires careful analysis of the evidence for effective and cost effective practice; something which NICE is well placed to support.

There are many ways that NICE can help clinical commissioning groups, from practical support for commissioning to advice on the use of social value judgements in resource prioritisation.

NICE produces a range of resources that are of interest to commissioners across health and social care. NICE will continue to adapt and update these resources as policy develops.

Commissioning resources

There are a range of packages available to support commissioners

NICE Support for commissioning helps commissioners, clinicians and managers to commission high-quality evidence-based care. Commissioning care in line with NICE quality standards and guidance should enable commissioners to be confident that the services they are commissioning are cost-effective and focussed on driving up quality.

NICE Pathways can be used to browse all relevant NICE recommendations, quality standards and commissioning advice quickly and easily, within a clinical topic or condition.

Referral advice

All of NICE's current primary-to-secondary referral advice from our clinical guidelines, cancer service guidance and public health guidance is available in our referral advice database.

Cost saving

Our list of cost-saving guidance contains a list of recommendations that we consider deliver savings or may free up resources and capacity that can be used for other services

NICE Evidence Services has a collection of evidence to support quality and productivity at a local level, providing users with real examples of how staff are improving quality and productivity across the NHS and social care.

What to stop, as well as start, doing

Our guidance often identifies NHS clinical practices that we recommend should be discontinued completely in the NHS, or not used routinely. This may be due to evidence that the practice is not, on balance, beneficial, or a lack of evidence to support its continued use. The NICE 'do not do' recommendations database contains all of these recommendations made since 2007.

Prioritising resources

Part of the role of clinical commissioning groups will be their involvement in the difficult task of prioritising finite NHS resources. NICE has lots of experience in this area, and our publication Social Value Judgements outlines the principles NICE uses in developing guidance.

Local support from NICE

NICE has a field team of locally-based implementation consultants whose role is to:

  • meet with local organisations and networks to encourage the development of an evidence-based approach to commissioning and providing health and social care
  • learn about the barriers and obstacles to evidence based practice, and ensure that NICE is aware of these
  • gather examples of success and good practice to share with other organisations
  • promote the wide range of support that NICE provides, to improve the uptake and use of evidence to improve practice

The field team regularly meet individual clinical commissioning groups to talk about how NICE can be of help.

If you would like arrange a visit, contact your local consultant or ring the field team coordinator on 0161 870 3271. To find your local consultant, use the Field Team map.

More information about commissioning in the NHS

There are a range of external resources available

This page was last updated: 22 November 2013

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