1. Who we are and what we do
What we do
NICE became a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) in April 2013 and took on additional functions related to the development of Social Care guidance. As an NDPB, we are accountable to our sponsor department, the Department of Health, but operationally we are independent of government. Our guidance and other recommendations are made by independent committees.
For further information please see the NICE Charter.
NICE's role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. We do this by:
- Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.
- Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services;
- Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.
Further information can be found here.
The main responsibilities of NICE are described below. Further information can be found on the relevant web page:
to provide national guidance on how to promote good health and on the prevention and treatment of ill health.
- public health - Public health guidance makes recommendations for populations and individuals on activities, policies and strategies that can help prevent disease or improve health.
- health technologies - guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments and procedures within the NHS.
- interventional procedures - guidance on whether interventional procedures work safely and well enough for use in the NHS. This guidance applies to England, Wales and Scotland.
- clinical practice - guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS. This guidance applies to England and Wales.
- Social care - to develop guidance and quality standards for social care in England.
- to provide a web-based service called Evidence Resources to help people find, access and use high-quality clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice.
- Scientific advice consultancy service - NICE offers product-specific scientific advice to pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers about products they have in development that may be referred for a technology appraisal.
- Implementation - NICE guidance aims to ensure that the promotion of good health and patient care in local health communities is in line with the best available evidence of effectiveness and cost effectiveness.
- Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) - NICE oversees the independent process for developing and reviewing the clinical and health improvement indicators in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).
- NICE quality standards - NICE quality standards are a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable quality improvements within a particular are of health or care.
- NICE International - NICE International contributes to better health around the world through the more effective and equitable use of resources. It does this by providing advice on the use of evidence and social values in making clinical and policy decision
The legislative basis for the work of NICE is set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the Directions provided by the Secretary of State for Health and the Framework Document.
NICE works closely with local and national organisations including the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England, Monitor, and NHS England. It also works with a number of partner organisations / stakeholders and details of these can be found within individual programme areas of the NICE website or on application to NICE.
The Department of Health is the sponsor department for NICE.
The Board and senior management team set the strategic direction for NICE and oversee delivery, provide financial stewardship and ensure corporate governance.
- NICE Board - The NICE Board is made up of thirteen non-executive and executive members including the chairman and holds bi-monthly meetings which are open to the public.
- Senior Management Team - The Senior Management Team consists of eight directors including the chief executive.
- Guidance Executive - The Guidance Executive consists of eight directors including the chief executive.
NICE is structured into centres and directorates. Centres are responsible for delivering guidance. Directorates provide cross-Institute strategic support for the centres, alongside other corporate responsibilities.
- Locations and contact details
The Enquiry Team manage all general enquiries about NICE, including freedom of information enquiries, and is based in our Manchester office. They can be contacted at:
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Level 1A, City Tower
Tel: +44 (0)845 003 7781
For information on press events, latest press releases, news alerts and fact sheets visit the NICE News room or Tel: 0845 003 7782
This page was last updated: 20 January 2014