NICE process and methods

2 Approaches to developing service guidance

2 Approaches to developing service guidance

There are 3 main routes that NICE service guidance will be commissioned:

  • A specific referral for the development of service guidance without any corresponding clinical guideline development.

  • Service guidance that is developed simultaneously with 1 or more relevant clinical guidelines.

  • A clinical guideline that includes questions and recommendations about service delivery.

These 3 approaches will affect mainly the scoping process and the composition of the Committee. Some other aspects of the guidance development process might also be affected (for example, different scheduling for submission for pre-consultation checks and for consultation).

For some service delivery questions the current guideline methods maybe appropriate, and so the methods set out in The guidelines manual should be followed.