11 About this guideline

How this guideline was developed

The Department of Health asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to produce this guideline on safe staffing in adult wards in acute hospitals (see the scope).

The recommendations are based on the best available evidence. They were developed by the Safe Staffing Advisory Committee – for membership see section 7.

The guideline was developed in line with the methods and processes contained in the draft manual for developing all NICE guidelines. Modifications to this were needed in order to produce this guideline in the requested timeframe.

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Your responsibility

This guideline represents the views of NICE and was arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available and the Committee's considerations. Those working in the NHS, local authorities, the wider public, voluntary and community sectors and the private sector should take it into account when carrying out their professional, managerial or voluntary duties.

Implementation of this guideline is the responsibility of local commissioners and/or providers. Commissioners and providers are reminded that it is their responsibility to implement the guideline, in their local context, in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.


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