Putting our guidance into practice benefits patients and carers, healthcare professionals and organisations.

NICE guidance can help patients, carers and service users to:

  • Receive care that is based on the best available clinical evidence.
  • Be accountable for their care, and know they will be cared for in a consitently evidence-based way.
  • Improve their own health and prevent disease.

NICE guidance can help health and social care professionals to:

  • Ensure the care they provide is based on the best evidence available.
  • Ensure they meet standards set by regulatory bodies and consider NICE guidance when making clinical decisions.
  • Empower all staff dealing with patient queries to have confidence in their approach to care.
  • Effectively target resources and efforts at the areas that offer the most significant health improvement.

NICE guidance can help organisations to:

  • Meet NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) risk management standards and benefit from reduced claims and risk management premiums.
  • Plan for service provision and commissioning, reflecting national priorities set by NHS England and the Department of Health.
  • Benefit from any identified disinvestment opportunities, cost savings or opportunities for re-directing resources.
  • Meet government indicators and targets for health improvement and reduce health inequalities.
  • Promote the economic and social well-being of their communities.