We use the best available evidence to develop recommendations that guide decisions in health, public health and social care. As well as considering the scientific value of evidence, we also follow a set of principles for making social value judgements.  

Our guidance takes a number of forms:

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Guidelines

NICE guidelines make evidence-based recommendations on a wide range of topics, from preventing and managing specific conditions to planning broader services and interventions to improve the health of communities.

They aim to promote integrated care where appropriate.

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About NICE guidelines

Antimicrobial prescribing guidelines

Evidence-based guidelines for managing common infections in the context of tackling antimicrobial resistance – specifically in relation to bacterial infection and antibiotic use.

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Technology appraisals guidance

These assess the clinical and cost effectiveness of health technologies - such as new pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products - but also include procedures, devices and diagnostic agents. This ensures that all NHS patients have equitable access to the most clinically and cost-effective treatments that are available.

Regulations require clinical commissioning groups, NHS England and local authorities to comply with recommendations in a technology appraisal within 3 months of its date of publication.

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Interventional procedures guidance

These recommend whether interventional procedures - such as laser treatments for eye problems or deep brain stimulation for chronic pain - are effective and safe enough for use in the NHS.

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Medical technologies guidance

These address specific technologies notified to NICE by manufacturers. The ‘case for adoption’ recommendations are based on the claimed advantages of introducing the specific technology compared with current management of the condition.

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Diagnostics guidance

These focus on the evaluation of innovative medical diagnostic technologies in order to ensure that the NHS is able to adopt clinically and cost-effective technologies rapidly and consistently.

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Highly specialised technologies guidance

Contains recommendations on the use of highly specialised technologies.

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