We now use a single, unified process to develop guidelines.

However we do have guidelines in these areas: 


Clinical guidelines

Clinical guidelines recommend how healthcare professionals should care for people with specific conditions.

They can cover any aspect of a condition and may include recommendations about providing information and advice, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and longer-term management.

These guidelines are also important for health service managers and commissioners of NHS services.

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Public health guidelines

Guidelines on public health topics make recommendations on local interventions that can help prevent disease or improve health.

The guidance may focus on a particular topic (such as smoking), a particular population (such as schoolchildren) or a particular setting (such as the workplace).

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Social care guidelines

Social care guidelines aim to improve outcomes for people who use social care support by ensuring that social care services and interventions are effective and cost-efficient. They do this by making recommendations about best practice, drawn from current evidence-based research.

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Medicines practice guidelines

Medicines practice guidelines provide recommendations for good practice for those individuals and organisations involved in governing, commissioning, prescribing and decision-making about medicines. They have a wide range of audiences across both health and social care.

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Antimicrobial prescribing guidelines

Our guidelines offer evidence-based antimicrobial prescribing information for all care settings. They focus on bacterial infections and appropriate antibiotic use.

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Safe staffing guidelines

Following the Report of the Francis Inquiry and the Berwick Review into Patient Safety, NICE produced 2 guidelines on safe staffing capacity and capability in the NHS.

From June 2015 NHS England will take forward staffing work as part of a wider programme of service improvement.