A comprehensive suite of guidance, advice and support for delivering quality, safety and efficiency in the use of medicines.

NICE evidence summaries

Summaries of the best available evidence to inform local NHS planning and decision-making, for selected new medicines, off-label use of licensed medicines and unlicensed medicines.

Evidence summaries:

  • help commissioners, budget holders and groups make informed decisions on the introduction of key new medicines
  • review the evidence for the clinical effectiveness of medicines
  • include medicines with 1 or more indications and class reviews of medicines on specific topics.

Our evidence summaries: process guide sets out how we select topics and prepare the summaries.


NICE guidelines

NICE guidelines provide recommendations for good practice for those individuals and organisations involved in governing, commissioning, prescribing and decision-making about medicines. The outputs have a wide range of audiences across both health and social care environments.

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NICE Medicines and prescribing associates

We have a community of associates, who help us to support and promote high quality, safe, cost-effective prescribing and medicines optimisation, within local health economies.

Our associates work with their own organisation and their local health economy to:

  • support the adoption of NICE and other high-quality guidance into practice
  • improve safety through highlighting issues of medicines safety, risk and ‘never events’
  • support the local introduction of new medicines
  • develop leadership, facilitation, decision-making and management skills

NICE associates develop and support local networks, identifying local affiliates - key people working locally in prescribing and medicines optimisation - to share and exchange information. Associates also link with the NICE field team and NICE fellows and scholars.

Our associates form a community of practice, supporting each other as an expert group. They share ideas and examples of good practice, as well as receiving information and support from the medicines and prescribing team at NICE

Who is eligible to be an associate?

Health professionals who are NHS employees, NHS contractors (or who are employed by NHS contractors) or employees of non-departmental government bodies are eligible, provided that:

  • influencing medicines and prescribing strategy in the NHS is a significant part of their role
  • they meet the requirements of the programme relating to declarations of interests, disqualification criteria and the current ‘NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associate Roles and Responsibilities (code of practice)’
  • they meet the requirements of the recruitment and assessment programme and display the foundation competencies for NICE medicines and prescribing associates
  • they have the support of their employing organisation to become an associate

To become an associate, you need to attend a ‘recruitment and assessment’ course. We usually run these in spring each year.

To find out more about our associate programme and how you can get involved, please contact the medicines implementation consultant for your area.

Medicines implementation consultants

Four medicines implementation consultants support associates in their roles: one for each NHS England region plus Wales, Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands. Contact them for more information.

Key therapeutic topics

'Medicines optimisation: key therapeutic topics' summarises the evidence-base on topics identified to support medicines optimisation.

More about key therapeutic topics

National Prescribing Centre (NPC) legacy website

The National Prescribing Centre (NPC) legacy website has been decommissioned, however you can still access an archived version on the British Library website.

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