We work with the adult and children's care sectors to develop independent recommendations for social care.

We also develop health and public health advice and guidance. This allows an integrated approach to supporting people and meeting their needs.


Our social care guidelines make evidence-based recommendations on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions and services. They're co-produced with social care experts.

Our clinical guidance and public health topics also contain recommendations you may find relevant.

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Quality standards

Our social care quality standards are practical tools to help deliver good health and wellbeing for users of adult and children's social services.

They help people understand the quality of services and care they should expect. Providers and commissioners use them to assess performance and make improvements.

Find standards and indicators.

We used NICE guidance to help us work with the local Clinical Commissioning Group for a new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. NICE is a trusted neutral source of guidance, which enabled discussion around the evidence of what works with the population. Solihul Metropolitan Borough Council

Share your case studies

If you're a social care provider or commissioner, we'd like to hear from you. Tell us about how you use NICE guidelines and quality standards in your organisation, to deliver or commission services in an innovative way.

We'd like to showcase these case studies on our website. These can be shared with other organisations as examples of good practice.

Get in touch with the social care and leadership team at SocialCare@nice.org.uk.

Quality Matters

The Quality Matters initiative is co-led by partners from across the adult social care sector. The Unlocking Capacity: Smarter Together resource helps health and adult social care work better together.

It's aimed at system leaders with the power to work differently. It shows how collaborative working between health and adult social care can improve outcomes for people and make better use of limited resources.

Tools to help you

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Quick guides

We've developed these short, visual guides for social care audiences.

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Quality improvement resource for adult social care

Our quality standards and guidelines in an easy to use format, mapped against Care Quality Commission key lines of enquiry.

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Child abuse and neglect guidance

Links to the specific guideline recommendations and supporting information.

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NICE in social care

Subscribe for your monthly e-bulletin containing information about:

  • new social care guidelines and standards
  • opportunities to comment on draft guidance
  • how you can shape future topics
  • how our guidance is being used in adult and children's social care.
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Social care trainers' resource

This resource can help you to find content for use in your training. This  resource includes:

  • links to social care related guidance and standards
  • free resources to download
  • tips on finding guidance.

You can also download the social care trainers' resource as a PDF.

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Help us develop guidance and quality standards

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