NICE referral advice
What are the NICE 'referral advice' recommendations?
During the process of guidance development NICE's independent advisory bodies often give advice on referral from primary care to secondary care. At a workshop held in late 2009, it was suggested that referral advice should be made more accessible.
The NICE 'referral advice' recommendations database was created, and is maintained, by NICE's Accreditation and QIPP team.
What is in the NICE 'referral advice' recommendations database?
The NICE 'referral advice' recommendations database contains current primary-to-secondary referral advice from NICE clinical guidelines, cancer service guidance and public health guidance. The database replaces the NICE publication 'Referral Advice: A Guide to Appropriate Referral from Primary to Specialist Services' (December 2001).
Each record in the database contains the ‘referral advice' recommendation and includes additional information including the 'referral advice' category, health topic, the guidance it comes from (with a link to the relevant paragraph in the guidance) and the other 'referral advice' recommendations from the same guidance.
Explanation of 'referral advice' categories denoting timescale in which a referral should be made
Each NICE 'referral advice' recommendation has been categorised as follows:
|'Referral advice' category||Explanation|
|Immediate||Within 24 hours|
|Urgent||Within 14 days|
|Timeframe not specified||Timeframe to be determined by the clinician with responsibility for the referral|
This page was last updated: 25 September 2012