3 Implementation

3 Implementation

The Healthcare Commission assesses the performance of NHS organisations in meeting core and developmental standards set by the Department of Health in 'Standards for better health', issued in July 2004. Implementation of clinical guidelines forms part of the developmental standard D2. Core standard C5 says that national agreed guidance should be taken into account when NHS organisations are planning and delivering care.

NICE has developed tools (listed below) to help organisations implement the recommendations in this guideline as well as those in 'Drug misuse: opioid detoxification'. The tools for these guidelines have been integrated with tools for other NICE guidance on drug misuse.

  • An information briefing, which explains the implementation support available and contains links to relevant tools/documents.

  • Slides highlighting key messages for local discussion.

  • Costing tools

    • costing report to estimate the national savings and costs associated with implementation.

    • costing template to estimate the local costs and savings involved.

  • Audit criteria to monitor local practice.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)