2 Notes on the scope of the guidance

2 Notes on the scope of the guidance

NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope that defines what the guideline will and will not cover..

This guideline covers psychosocial interventions for adults and young people who misuse opioids, cannabis or stimulants (for example, cocaine or amphetamine). The guideline will be of relevance to the NHS, in particular inpatient and specialist residential and community-based treatment settings, and related organisations, including prison services. Although the guideline may comment on the interface with other services, such as those provided by the voluntary sector, it will not provide specific recommendations directed solely at non-NHS services, except in so far as they are provided under contract to the NHS.

The guideline does not specifically cover:

  • people with dual diagnoses

  • people who misuse alcohol, prescription drugs or solvents

  • diagnosis or primary prevention

  • people younger than 16 years.

How this guideline was developed

NICE commissioned the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health to develop this guideline. The Centre established a Guideline Development Group (see appendix A), which reviewed the evidence and developed the recommendations. An independent Guideline Review Panel oversaw the development of the guideline (see appendix B).

There is more information about how NICE clinical guidelines are developed on the NICE website. A booklet, 'How NICE clinical guidelines are developed: an overview for stakeholders, the public and the NHS' is available.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)