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

NICE guidance can help patients, carers and service users

  • Receive care in line with the best available evidence of clinical and cost-effectiveness.
  • Enable people to be accountable for their care, knowing how they will be cared for in a consistent evidence-based way, thus building patients’ confidence in NHS and social care services.
  • Improve their own health and prevent disease.

NICE guidance can help health and social care professionals

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

NICE guidance can help organisations

  • Meet NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) risk management standards and benefit from reduced claims and risk management premiums.
  • Assist organisations with forward planning 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 reducing health inequalities.
  • Promote the economic and social well-being of their communities.
  • Provide a focus for multi-sector partnership working on health.