NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope that defines what the guideline will and will not cover.
How this guideline was developed
NICE commissioned the Internal Clinical Guidelines Programme to develop the inpatient recommendations (labelled [new 2013]) of this guideline, and the National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care (NCC-NSC) to develop the community recommendations (labelled ) of this guideline. Each team established a Guideline Development Group (see sections 4 and 5), which reviewed the evidence and developed the recommendations.
The methods and processes for developing NICE clinical guidelines are described in the guidelines manual.