We estimate the costs or savings (budget impact) associated with technologies and guidelines so you can plan for and implement guidance. 

Plan for the impact of guidance

If you plan for and implement NICE guidance, our resource planner will help you by:

  • listing upcoming guidance with indicative costs or savings for England
  • summarising the resource implications of published guidance 
  • providing links to our support tools.

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Tools to help you implement guidance

We produce reports, templates and statements alongside our guidance. They detail the potential impact of guidance on your finances and other resources (workforce, capacity and demand, infrastructure and training and education).

You can find the tools through the 'tools and resources' tabs on individual guidance and standards pages.

Resource impact reports

These Word documents use national estimates to summarise the expected resource impact of the guidance. Any assumptions are fully explained in the document.

If national estimates are not possible, or if there is likely to be local variation, the report highlights areas for you to consider at a local level.

Reports are supported by templates (see below).

Resource impact templates

Our templates are Excel spreadsheets that enable you to get a more accurate estimate of the local resource impact of guidance. 

We produce templates when the resource impact is expected to be significant (greater than £5 million for England).

If costs cannot be quantified, the template identifies major cost drivers for you to consider at a local level.

Templates are based on the population of England but can be amended to estimate the impact for Wales, Northern Ireland and local commissioning organisations.

Resource impact statements

Statements are provided if costs and savings are not considered to be significant (less than £5 million for England).

resource impact estimates for CG95

An example of the resource impact template for CG95

How we assess the resource impact of guidance

Our manuals describe the processes we follow to estimate the resource impact of NICE guidance. 

Technology appraisals and highly specialised technologies

 Assessing resource impact process manual: TA and HST  (PDF)

This should be read in conjunction with the:

 TA and HST budget impact test procedure  (PDF)


Learn about resource impact assessment

Come along to our free learning events to:

  • understand the resource impact assessment tools available
  • hear from NICE speakers about guidance development and health economics
  • speak to colleagues about how commissioners and service providers can work together to implement NICE guidance.

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Help to develop our resource impact tools

To check our tools are fit for purpose we get them checked by an independent panel - the Adoption and Impact Programme Reference Panel.

Join the panel to give your expert advice on tools and resources developed to support NICE guidance.

Read more about the panel and how to apply


Send us your feedback

If you have any questions or comments, email us at resourceimpactassessment@nice.org.uk

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