Our guidance and advice to help manage common infections and tackle antimicrobial resistance.
We've been asked by the Department of Health to develop evidence-based, clinical syndrome specific guidance and advice to help slow the development of antimicrobial resistances.
Our guidelines offer evidence-based antimicrobial prescribing information for all care settings.
They focus on bacterial infections and appropriate antibiotic use. Each guideline topic features a visual summary of the recommendations, a guideline and an evidence review.
The visual summary is an overview of the guideline recommendations. It includes a prescribing table to support shared antimicrobial prescribing decisions in line with a health professional’s own clinical judgement.
An example of the draft visual summary for our sinusitis guideline:
Our antimicrobial evidence summaries provide commissioners, providers and health professionals with a summary of the best available evidence for antimicrobials.
We are currently developing guideline recommendations on the following topics:
Upper respiratory tract
Why is our guidance and advice needed?
The World Health Organization states that 'antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective'.
Resistance to antimicrobials is complex and increasing. Combined with a lack of new antimicrobial medicines, there is a growing risk that infections may not be treatable in the future.
The Department of Health asked us to develop guidelines to help slow antimicrobial resistance. These guidelines are evidence-based and clinical syndrome specific.
Read more about the importance of antimicrobial resistance at Health matters: antimicrobial resistance.
When we as health professionals are discussing treatments for common infections with patients, it is important to talk about the benefits and harms of prescribing antibiotics, including the risks of antimicrobial resistance and the threat this poses to public healthTessa Lewis, GP and Chair of the managing common infections advisory committee
How we develop guidance and advice
Antimicrobial prescribing guidelines
Find out how we develop antimicrobial prescribing guidance in the:
The scope sets out the remit for the programme:
Find out how we develop our advice in the:
Current NICE guidance and standards on antimicrobial stewardship:
Antimicrobial news at NICE
Use paracetamol to relieve a sore throat rather than antibiotics
The majority of sore throats do not need antibiotics and medicated lozenges may only help to reduce pain by a small amount, NICE says.