3 Implementation in the NHS

3 Implementation in the NHS

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 to help organisations implement this guidance (listed below).

  • 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.

  • Implementation advice on how to put the guidance into practice and national initiatives which support this locally.

  • Audit criteria to monitor local practice.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)