The Department of Health (DH) asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce public health guidance for the NHS and local authorities on the prevention of skin cancer with specific reference to: provision of information, physical changes to the environment and the supply of sun protection resources.

The guidance is for NHS and other commissioners, managers and practitioners who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, preventing skin cancer. This includes for example, GPs, local authority planners, pharmacists, practice nurses, public health practitioners, school nurses and skin cancer specialists (such as clinical nurse specialists [skin cancer], dermatologists and skin cancer surgeons). It also includes those involved in, or responsible for, employee health and wellbeing.

In addition, it may be of interest to those working in the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors and to members of the public.

The guidance complements, but does not replace, NICE guidance on detecting and treating skin cancer (for further details, see section 7).

The Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee (PHIAC) developed these recommendations on the basis of reviews of the evidence, economic analysis, expert advice and stakeholder comments.

Members of PHIAC are listed in appendix A. The methods used to develop the guidance are summarised in appendix B.

Supporting documents used to prepare this document are listed in appendix E. Full details of the evidence collated, including stakeholder comments, are available on the NICE website, along with a list of the stakeholders involved and NICE's supporting process and methods manuals.

This guidance was developed using the NICE public health intervention process.

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