Review decision: 

This guidance was partially updated in February 2016 by the NICE guideline on sun exposure: risks and benefits

Next review: To be scheduled

The guideline covers:

  • The provision of shade as part of the design of new buildings.

It is for architects, designers, developers, planners and employers.

In addition, it may be of interest to people working in healthcare who have a direct or indirect role in preventing skin cancer, people involved in employee health and wellbeing, those working in the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors and to members of the public.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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