1. Who we are and what we do
What we do
The National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) was established in April 1999. In April 2005 the functions of the Health Development Agency (HDA) were transferred to NICE which was renamed the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
In 2008 following the report by Lord Darzi, High Quality Care For All, NICE was given the remit to set up and manage NHS Evidence, a single point of entry for anyone wishing to access clinical and non-clinical evidence, as well as guidance on best practice for delivering high quality care throughout the medical profession.
NICE is a Special Health Authority and part of the National Health Service (NHS).
NICE has 5 main functions as described below:
- to provide national guidance on how to promote good health and on the prevention and treatment of ill health.
- public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sector. This guidance applies to England only.
- 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.
- to provide a web-based service called NHS Evidence 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 - The Darzi report, High Quality Care For All (June 2008), expands NICE's role to include setting and approving more independent quality standards for the NHS.
- 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
How does NICE fit into the NHS
NICE's role was set out in the 2004 White Paper 'Choosing health: making healthier choices easier'. In it the government set out key principles for helping people make healthier and more informed choices about their health. The government wants NICE to bring together knowledge and guidance on ways of promoting good health and treating ill health.
The Board and senior management team set the Institute's strategic direction and oversee delivery, provide financial stewardship and ensure corporate governance.
- NICE Board - The NICE Board is made up of 10 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 nine directors including the chief executive.
- Guidance Executive - The Guidance Executive consists of nine directors including the chief executive.
NICE is structured into centres and directorates. Centres are responsible for delivering guidance. Directorates provide cross-Institute support for the centres, alongside other corporate responsibilities.
- Locations and contact details
The Enquiry Team manage all general enquiries about the Institute, 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
Meetings in public
Meetings of NICE standing advisory committees are held in public. For more information and how to register to attend visit the meetings in public home page.
This page was last updated: 28 March 2013