Depression in adults (update): draft guideline consultation

A clinical practice guideline on Depression in adults (update) is being developed for use in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Registered stakeholders for this guideline are invited to comment on the provisional recommendations via this website.

Although individuals and organisations not registered as stakeholders are able to comment, we recommend that you contact the registered stakeholder organisation that most closely represents your interests and pass your comments to them. We work closely with stakeholder organisations and take their views very seriously.

Note that the provisional recommendations presented here do not constitute the Institute's formal guidance on this topic. The recommendations are provisional and may change after consultation.

A partial update of CG23 is underway. This consultation is on the treatment and management of depression in adults.  There is also a consultation on the treatment and management of adults with chronic physical health problems which also partially updates CG 23. This consultation runs from the 3rd of March 2009 until the 28th of April. Please see Depression in chronic health problems for more information on how to contribute to that consultation.

Consultation dates:  24 February - 21 April 2009

Consultation documents:

The full version describes the evidence and views that have been considered, and sets out the provisional recommendations that have been developed.

The (NICE) short version presents the provisional recommendations only with some brief supporting information.

Points to consider in the consultation:

Full version

  • Points or areas that are not covered, but which appear to fall within the scope of the guideline
  • Potential inconsistencies or any disagreement with the Guideline Development Groups interpretation of the evidence
  • The practical value of the provisional recommendations.

Short version

  • Issues of style and format; for example, stakeholders may feel that the information could be made more readable and easy to follow.

How to submit your comments:

Please use the comments proforma and return by email to DPSC@nice.org.uk

The Institute is unable to accept:

  • More than one response per stakeholder organisation
  • Comments received after the consultation deadline (5pm)
  • Comments that are not on the correct proforma
  • Confidential information or other material that you would not wish to be made public
  • Personal medical information about yourself or another person from which your or the person's identity could be ascertained.

What will happen to your comments:

  • All comments (with the exception of personal, individual comments and late comments) will be sent to the developers at the end of the consultation
  • Comments from registered stakeholders and nominated expert reviewers ONLY will be formally responded to by the developers and posted on the NICE website after the final guideline is published
  • No action will be taken upon receipt of personal, individual comments and late comments.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The Institute reserves the right to summarise and edit comments received during consultations, or not to publish them at all, where in the reasonable opinion of the Institute, the comments are voluminous, publication would be unlawful or publication would be otherwise inappropriate.

Acknowledgement of comments:

You should receive an automated acknowledgement from the email box when you email your comments.  If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please contact the relevant Guidelines Coordinator to ensure your comments have been safely received.

Comments received in the course or consultations carried out by the Institute are published in the interests of openness and transparency, and to promote understanding of how recommendations are developed. The comments are published as a record of the submissions that the Institute has received, and are not endorsed by the Institute, its officers or advisory committees.

Anticipated publication date: 23 September 2009

Further information

This page was last updated: 30 March 2010