Into practice guide

The Into practice guide has been developed for people involved in commissioning or providing high quality care and improvement in health and social care organisations.  The guide provides practical advice on how to use NICE guidance and related quality standards to achieve high-quality care.

This includes:

  • Information about the purpose and benefits of NICE guidance and related quality standards.
  • Advice on local processes for implementing our guidance.
  • Resources to support you with using NICE quality standards to inform local quality improvement.

The guide covers topics such as the best ways to assess the extent to which your organisation is implementing NICE's recommendations - and how to address any gaps if you find out it is not. It includes helpful tips, links to other resources and case studies from our shared learning examples describing how other people have used NICE guidance and quality standards in similar situations to yours.

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Into practice quick tips

Quick advice to help you put our guidance into practice. 

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How to change practice: understand, identify and overcome barriers to change

This guide provides practical advice on how to encourage health and social care professionals and managers to understands, identify and overcome barriers to change, enabling them to change practice in line with the latest guidance.

  • Part 1 discusses the types of barriers to change encountered in healthcare.
  • Part 2 offers practical suggestions for how to identify the barriers to changes in your organisation.
  • Part 3 shows how to overcome these barriers, and highlights potential levers to help people do this. Real life examples are provided illustrating how the methods described have brought about positive changes in a range of situations.

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The first stage in the development of the guide was to commission the Kings Fund to carry out a literature review in the area of changing behaviour and provide a synthesis of the evidence. This aimed to identify the types of barriers that exist and the interventions that encourage clinicians to change.

We held a workshop with end users to support the process of development of the guide and to gain support for the overall direction of travel. The workshop explored the barriers that exist, interventions identified from the literature and basic drivers for change at an individual, local, and national level. We then carried out a targeted consultation on the draft guide over a 4 week period. The consultation comments received were extremely valuable and where appropriate, were incorporated into the guide.

A list of organisations and individuals who contributed to the development of this guide is available below.

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