Get advice about the use of evidence-based decision making in health and social care.
We can give practical advice and support, based on NICE's world-renowned expertise, to help you improve health and social care in your country.
What we offer
Our international consultancy service covers a broad range of activities.
Our scoping exercises and situational analyses activities can provide a deeper understanding into an issue or challenge through a series of discussions.
Outputs from this include analysis and discussion with NICE on challenges and opportunities identified, and a report and roadmap outlining potential next steps, which can be acted upon.
Scoping exercises and situational analyses will vary in terms of complexity and length.
They will depend on the commitment and experience from the partner country organisation, and our expertise and resource requirements.
We can help organisations to:
- build technical and institutional capability and capacity
- improve stakeholder identification and management, and public engagement
- review inception and implementation plans
- form working groups or committees to set up new programmes
- develop governance arrangements
- develop frameworks, terms of engagement, methods and process manuals
- implement new methods and carry out pilot projects
- set up an health technology assessment (HTA) service
- contextualise NICE guidelines to local settings.
Organisations can gain practical advice and review of plans and outputs based on NICE’s expertise, as well as new capabilities, competencies and technical expertise with outputs that can be embedded, built upon and implemented.
NICE International service offering - examples of topic areas we can cover as part of our international engagements:
- Health Technology Assessment and Management, from topic selection, to evaluation and managed access, of all types of technologies, including medicines, medical devices, diagnostics, procedures, digital health technologies
- clinical, public and social care guidelines and advice recommendations
- quality standards and indicators
- patient and public engagement
- specific stakeholder engagement (e.g. industry or academia)
- research, evidence reviews and health economics analysis
- core business support for HTA/guidelines programmes and agencies. Including governance arrangements, business and resources.
- data and analytics.
- communication strategies for HTA/guidelines programmes and agencies
- implementation of recommendations in local settings
- NICE’s priority areas: health inequalities, sustainability, digital health, living guidelines.
If you need complex or long-term support, we can break projects down into smaller packages of work. These separate engagements offer more flexibility in terms of timescales and resources.
NICE International operates on a fee-for-service basis to allow us to cover our costs.
Consultancy fees will vary depending on the complexity of the project and the resources needed.
Please talk to us about your budget. We can support you to get funding from other organisations, to help cover the costs of the work.
If you'd like to talk to us about a project, please contact us. Our friendly team will be happy to help.
- Complete our enquiry form. Select the option to 'Discuss NICE consultancy services' and you'll be asked to enter some information about your requirements.
- Alternatively, you can email NICEInternational@nice.org.uk if you prefer. For example, if you want to ask a general question.
- We'll review and respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
We reformed the methods and processes in our Philippine National Formulary System with the assistance of NICE International, which helped us reflect more inclusivity, transparency and fairness in our engagement with stakeholders.
We welcome this renewal of partnership with the UK Government through the Better Health Programme in this bold effort to institutionalize health technology assessment in the country.
Case study: the Better Health Programme
As part of the programme, we held a Zoom seminar with the Department of Health HTA Unit and HTA Council in the Philippines.
We're involved in the Better Health Programme, which supports cooperation between the UK and 8 governments. It helps partner countries to:
- implement health system reforms
- expand universal health coverage
- improve health outcomes
- increase health related economic growth.
NICE is part of the NHS Consortium for Global Health. We provide support through the technical advisory service.
The Better Heath Programme is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. You can find out more about the programme on GOV.UK.
What was involved?
We provided HTA support to Brazil, South Africa and the Philippines. These countries have different levels of experience in this area, so we took a flexible approach. Brazil was looking at areas for improvement, but the Philippines had only recently made HTA mandatory by law.
In Brazil and South Africa, we provided training sessions, technical support, and quality assurance. We reviewed Brazil's methodology and health technologies re-evaluation process. And we advised South Africa on capacity building and strategy.
In the Philippines, we created seminars and workshops for an important technical exchange between:
- the HTA unit in the Philippine Department of Health
- the HTA Council (a decision-making committee)
- academics and local government units.
NICE was an affirming influence and an inspiring force to improve our policies and practices in transparency and accountability - including how to have useful consultations with experts and patients, relate with pharmaceutical companies and network with academia.
What were the outcomes?
Brazil have started a review of their HTA processes and we're continuing to support South Africa's implementation plans.
The Philippine Department of Health has:
- published the country's first HTA methods and process guides
- developed a rapid process for evaluating COVID-19 technologies
- stated its intention to develop a network with academics in the country.