You can now review and comment on this draft guideline.

The consultation closes on 14 August 2017 at 5pm

How to comment

1. Register your organisation

Your organisation needs to be registered as a stakeholder before we can accept comments.

Not eligible? Contact the stakeholder organisation that most closely represents your interests and pass your comments to them.

2. Read the consultation documents

Documents to comment on:

1 - Introduction 11 - Social care extended access 21 - Standardised criteria for hospital admission 31 - Enhanced inpatient access to physiotherapy and occupational therapy
2 - Non-emergency telephone access and call handlers 12 - Alternatives to hospital care 22 - 7-day diagnostic radiology 32 - Structured patient handovers
3 - Paramedics with enhanced competencies 13 - Community rehabilitation 23 - Liaison psychiatry 33 - Integrated patient information systems
4 - Paramedic remote support 14 - Community palliative care   24 - Assessment through acute medical units 34 - Standardised systems of care for intra- and inter-hospital transfers
5 - GP extended hours 15 - Advance care planning 25 - Admission through elderly care assessment units 35 - Discharge planning
6 - GP-led home visits 16 - Emergency department opening hours 26 - Frequency of consultant review 36 - Standardised discharge criteria
7 - GP access to laboratory investigations 17 - GPs within or on the same site as emergency departments 27 - Critical care outreach teams 37 - Post-discharge early follow-up clinics
8 - GP access to radiology 18 - Minor injury unit, urgent care centre or walk-in centre 28 - Structured ward rounds 38 - Integrated care
9 - Community nursing 19 - Early versus late consultant review 29 - Multidisciplinary team meetings 39 - Bed occupancy
10 - Community-based pharmacists 20 - Physician extenders 30 - Pharmacist support 40 - Escalation measures

If you want to review the economic model, please see 5. Economic models below and fill in the confidentiality form.

Other information about the consultation

3. Add your comments

  • You must use this comments form
  • You must declare any links with, or funding from, the tobacco industry

If you share similar views with another organisation, send a joint response.

Make sure you consider:

  • The areas that will have the biggest impact on practice and be challenging to implement
  • How to help users overcome challenges

Developing NICE guidelines: how to get involved suggests some other areas to comment on.

4. Email the form to us


Deadline: 14 August 2017, 5pm

5. Economic models

The Developer has produced economic models to support the guideline. To receive executable versions of these models, please submit a request to, with a signed copy of the confidentiality acknowledgement and undertaking form.

We will then send you a link to executable versions of the economic models by email. The deadline for returning your comments is the same as for the guideline consultation: 14 August 17, 5pm.

Please note: 

  • Economic models and their contents are confidential and are protected by intellectual property rights, which are owned by the Developer. They can only be used to inform your understanding of the guideline. They should not be used to inform the development of other economic models, and should not be re-run except to test reliability.

As set out on the confidentiality form:

  • Models and their contents should only be shown to people in your organisation who need to see them to help you respond to the guideline consultation.
  • You must ensure that anyone you show the files to understands that they are bound by the terms of the confidentiality acknowledgment and undertaking form.
  • You must not copy the files, and must delete them from your records on publication of the guideline.
  • You should not publish the models in whole or in part, or use them for any purpose other than participating in the consultation process.


This page was last updated: 03 July 2017