Setting up for good practice
To make sure that your practice is always up to date, and to ensure that your systems, procedures and templates always reflect best practice, we recommend that you set up a simple system for when NICE issues new guidance.
- A simple practice system
- Barriers and how to overcome them
- How your patients can help to implement guidance
Case study: Using a NICE lead (Bournemouth and Poole)
Finding time to keep up-to-date with NICE guidance can be a real challenge when you are dealing with a heavy workload.
Appointing a GP as a NICE lead is a good way to address this.
In Bournemouth and Poole, one of the local GPs acted as the NICE lead for the practices in the area and summarised the key recommendations relevant for general practice.
This was then emailed out to all GP practices in the area and placed on the (then) PCT intranet.
GPs were regularly invited to attend 'NICE Bites' workshops put on by the PCT where questions could be raised and advice sought from local consultants about recommendations that would impact on their practice.
A further example is holding regular practice learning sessions for all staff to build on what they have learnt at the ‘NICE Bites' sessions.
This is something that was encouraged by the Trust. The Trust also funded locum cover during this time for up to 9 sessions a year to ensure minimal disruption to the normal working of the practice.
This page was last updated: 22 November 2013