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Developing and updating local formularies (MPG1)

This guideline covers good practice for developing and updating local formularies in line with statutory requirements. It supports developing formularies that reflect local needs, reduce variation in prescribing, and allow rapid adoption of new medicines and treatments.

Medicines practice guideline Published March 2014 Last updated October 2015

Patient group directions (MPG2)

This guideline covers good practice for developing, authorising, using and updating patient group directions. It also offers advice on deciding whether a patient group direction is needed.

Medicines practice guideline Published August 2013 Last updated March 2017

Antimicrobial stewardship: systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use (NG15)

This guideline covers the effective use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics) in children, young people and adults. It aims to change prescribing practice to help slow the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and ensure that antimicrobials remain an effective treatment for infection.

NICE guideline Published August 2015

Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community (NG67)

This guideline covers medicines support for adults (aged 18 and over) who are receiving social care in the community. It aims to ensure that people who receive social care are supported to take and look after their medicines effectively and safely at home. It gives advice on assessing if people need help with managing their medicines, who should provide medicines support and how health and social care staff should work together.

NICE guideline Published March 2017

Controlled drugs: safe use and management (NG46)

This guideline covers systems and processes for using and managing controlled drugs safely in all NHS settings except care homes. It aims to improve working practices to comply with legislation and have robust governance arrangements. It also aims to reduce the safety risks associated with controlled drugs.

NICE guideline Published April 2016

Urinary tract infection (lower): antimicrobial prescribing (NG109)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for lower urinary tract infection (also called cystitis) in children, young people and adults who do not have a catheter. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published October 2018

Urinary tract infection (recurrent): antimicrobial prescribing (NG112)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for preventing recurrent urinary tract infections in children, young people and adults who do not have a catheter. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published October 2018

Pyelonephritis (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG111)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute pyelonephritis (upper urinary tract infection) in children, young people and adults who do not have a catheter. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published October 2018

Prostatitis (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG110)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute prostatitis. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published October 2018

Sore throat (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG84)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute sore throat. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance. Acute sore throat is often caused by a virus, lasts for about a week, and most people get better without antibiotics. Withholding antibiotics rarely leads to complications.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published January 2018

Sinusitis (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG79)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute sinusitis. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance. Acute sinusitis is usually caused by a virus, lasts for about 2 to 3 weeks, and most people get better without antibiotics. Withholding antibiotics rarely leads to complications.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published October 2017

Otitis media (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG91)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute otitis media (ear infection). It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance. Acute otitis media can be caused by viruses or bacteria. It lasts for about a week, and most children get better in 3 days without antibiotics. Serious complications are rare.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published March 2018

Bronchiectasis (non-cystic fibrosis), acute exacerbation: antimicrobial prescribing (NG117)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for managing and preventing acute exacerbations of bronchiectasis (non-cystic fibrosis). It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published December 2018

Cough (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG120)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute cough associated with an upper respiratory tract infection or acute bronchitis in adults, young people and children. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published February 2019

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (acute exacerbation): antimicrobial prescribing (NG114)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published December 2018

Diabetic foot problems: prevention and management (NG19)

This guideline covers preventing and managing foot problems in children, young people and adults with diabetes. It aims to reduce variation in practice, including antibiotic prescribing for diabetic foot infections.

NICE guideline Published August 2015 Last updated October 2019

Urinary tract infection (catheter-associated): antimicrobial prescribing (NG113)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for catheter-associated urinary tract infection in children, young people and adults. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published November 2018

Cellulitis and erysipelas: antimicrobial prescribing (NG141)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for adults, young people, children and babies aged 72 hours and over with cellulitis and erysipelas. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published September 2019

Pneumonia (community-acquired): antimicrobial prescribing (NG138)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for adults, young people, children and babies aged 72 hours and over with a confirmed diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published September 2019

Pneumonia (hospital-acquired): antimicrobial prescribing (NG139)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for adults, young people, children and babies aged 72 hours and over with a confirmed diagnosis of hospital-acquired pneumonia. It does not cover ventilator-associated pneumonia. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published September 2019

Preventing excess weight gain (NG7)

This guideline covers behaviours such as diet and physical activity to help children (after weaning), young people and adults maintain a healthy weight or help prevent excess weight gain. The aim is to prevent a range of diseases and conditions including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and improve mental wellbeing.

NICE guideline Published March 2015

Physical activity in the workplace (PH13)

This guideline covers how to encourage employees to be physically active. The aim is to increase the working population’s physical activity levels.

Public health guideline Published May 2008

Social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education (PH20)

This guideline covers interventions to support social and emotional wellbeing among young people aged 11–19 years who are in full-time education. It aims to promote good social, emotional and psychological health to protect young people against behavioural and health problems.

Public health guideline Published September 2009

Dementia, disability and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to delay or prevent onset (NG16)

This guideline covers mid-life approaches to delay or prevent the onset of dementia, disability and frailty in later life. The guideline aims to increase the amount of time that people can be independent, healthy and active in later life.

NICE guideline Published October 2015

Physical activity: brief advice for adults in primary care (PH44)

This guideline covers providing brief advice on physical activity to adults in primary care. It aims to improve health and wellbeing by raising awareness of the importance of physical activity and encouraging people to increase or maintain their activity level.

Public health guideline Published May 2013

Weight management: lifestyle services for overweight or obese children and young people (PH47)

This guideline covers lifestyle weight management services for children and young people aged under 18 who are overweight or obese. It advises how to deliver effective weight management programmes that support children and young people to change their lifestyle and manage their weight.

Public health guideline Published October 2013

Behaviour change: individual approaches (PH49)

This guideline covers changing health-damaging behaviours among people aged 16 and over using interventions such as goals and planning, feedback and monitoring, and social support. It aims to help tackle a range of behaviours including alcohol misuse, poor eating patterns, lack of physical activity, unsafe sexual behaviour and smoking.

Public health guideline Published January 2014

Weight management: lifestyle services for overweight or obese adults (PH53)

This guideline covers multi-component lifestyle weight management services including programmes, courses, clubs or groups provided by the public, private and voluntary sector. The aim is to help people lose weight and become more physically active to reduce the risk of diseases associated with obesity. This includes coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and various cancers.

Public health guideline Published May 2014

Oral health: local authorities and partners (PH55)

This guideline covers improving oral health by developing and implementing a strategy that meets the needs of people in the local community. It aims to promote and protect people’s oral health by improving their diet and oral hygiene, and by encouraging them to visit the dentist regularly.

Public health guideline Published October 2014

Smoking: workplace interventions (PH5)

This guideline covers how employers can encourage and support employees to stop smoking. It aims to reduce the number of people who smoke or are exposed to second-hand smoke and the rate of diseases and conditions caused by smoking.

Public health guideline Published April 2007

Domestic violence and abuse: multi-agency working (PH50)

This guideline covers planning and delivering multi-agency services for domestic violence and abuse. It aims to help identify, prevent and reduce domestic violence and abuse among women and men in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, and among young people.

Public health guideline Published February 2014

Hepatitis B and C testing: people at risk of infection (PH43)

This guideline covers raising awareness of and testing for hepatitis B and C infection. It aims to ensure that people at increased risk of hepatitis B and C infection are tested.

Public health guideline Published December 2012 Last updated March 2013

Social and emotional wellbeing: early years (PH40)

This guideline covers supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable children under 5 through home visiting, childcare and early education. It aims to optimise care for young children who need extra support because they have or are at risk of social or emotional problems.

Public health guideline Published October 2012

Smokeless tobacco: South Asian communities (PH39)

This guideline covers people living in England with ancestral links to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka who use traditional South Asian varieties of smokeless tobacco. The aim is to help them stop using tobacco that is placed in the mouth or nose (but not burned). It does not include oral snuff products that are sucked.

Public health guideline Published September 2012

Type 2 diabetes prevention: population and community-level interventions (PH35)

This guideline covers preventing type 2 diabetes in adult populations and communities who are at high risk. It aims to promote a healthy diet and physical activity at community and population level, and recommends how to tailor services for people in ethnic communities and other groups who are particularly at risk of type 2 diabetes.

Public health guideline Published May 2011

Obesity: working with local communities (PH42)

This guideline covers how local communities, with support from local organisations and networks, can help prevent people from becoming overweight or obese or help them lose weight. It aims to support sustainable and community-wide action to achieve this.

Public health guideline Published November 2012 Last updated June 2017

Smoking: harm reduction (PH45)

This guideline covers reducing harm from smoking. It aims to help people, particularly those who are highly dependent on nicotine, who:

Public health guideline Published June 2013 Last updated July 2013

Skin cancer prevention (PH32)

This guideline covers new buildings and communal outdoor areas. The aim is to ensure there are enough shady areas to protect people from overexposure to the sun.

Public health guideline Published January 2011 Last updated February 2016

Healthcare-associated infections: prevention and control (PH36)

This quality improvement guide was produced by NICE, in partnership with the Health Protection Agency (HPA). Its aim is twofold: to reduce the risk of harm from healthcare-associated infections for patients, staff and visitors; and to reduce the costs associated with preventable infection.

Public health guideline Published November 2011

Social and emotional wellbeing in primary education (PH12)

This guideline covers approaches to promoting social and emotional wellbeing in children aged 4 to 11 years in primary education. It includes planning and delivering programmes and activities to help children develop social and emotional skills and wellbeing. It also covers identifying signs of anxiety or social and emotional problems in children and how to address them.

Public health guideline Published March 2008

Physical activity for children and young people (PH17)

This guideline covers promoting physical activity for children and young people aged under 18 at home, preschool, school and in the community. It includes raising awareness of the benefits of physical activity, listening to what children and young people want, planning and providing spaces and facilities, and helping families build physical activity into their daily lives.

Public health guideline Published January 2009

Looked-after children and young people (PH28)

This guideline covers how organisations, professionals and carers can work together to deliver high quality care, stable placements and nurturing relationships for looked-after children and young people. It aims to help these children and young people reach their full potential and enjoy the same opportunities in life as their peers.

Public health guideline Published October 2010 Last updated May 2015

Weight management before, during and after pregnancy (PH27)

This guideline covers how to assess and monitor body weight and how to prevent someone from becoming overweight or obese before, during and after pregnancy. The aim is help all women who have a baby to achieve and maintain a healthy weight by adopting a balanced diet and being physically active.

Public health guideline Published July 2010

Sexually transmitted infections and under-18 conceptions: prevention (PH3)

This guideline covers one-to-one interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and under-18 conceptions. The aim is to reduce the transmission of chlamydia and other STIs, including HIV, and reduce the rate of pregnancies among women aged under 18.

Public health guideline Published February 2007

Cardiovascular disease prevention (PH25)

This guideline covers the main risk factors linked with cardiovascular disease: poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. It aims to reduce the high incidence of cardiovascular disease. This, in turn, will help prevent other major causes of death and illness, such as type 2 diabetes and many cancers.

Public health guideline Published June 2010

Cardiovascular disease: identifying and supporting people most at risk of dying early (PH15)

This guideline covers the risk of early death from heart disease and other smoking-related illnesses. It aims to reduce the number of people who are disadvantaged dying prematurely by ensuring people have better access to flexible, well-coordinated treatment and support.

Public health guideline Published September 2008

Smoking: preventing uptake in children and young people (PH14)

This guideline covers anti-smoking mass-media campaigns, for example, on TV, in newspapers and online. It also covers measures to prevent tobacco being sold to children and young people. The aim is to help prevent children and young people from taking up smoking.

Public health guideline Published July 2008 Last updated November 2014

Workplace health: long-term sickness absence and capability to work (NG146)

This guideline covers how to help people return to work after long-term sickness absence, reduce recurring sickness absence, and help prevent people moving from short-term to long-term sickness absence.

NICE guideline Published November 2019

Preventing suicide in community and custodial settings (NG105)

This guideline covers ways to reduce suicide and help people bereaved or affected by suicides. It aims to:

NICE guideline Published September 2018

Physical activity: walking and cycling (PH41)

This guideline covers encouraging people to increase the amount they walk or cycle for travel or recreation purposes.

Public health guideline Published November 2012