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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leg ulcer infection: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10133] Expected publication date: 11 February 2020

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Impetigo: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10134] Expected publication date: 11 February 2020

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Clostridium difficile infection: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10144] Expected publication date: 30 September 2020

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Diabetic foot infection: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10132] Expected publication date: 11 October 2019

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Secondary infection of common skin conditions including eczema: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10135] Expected publication date: 10 November 2020

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Human and animal bites: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10137] Expected publication date: 30 June 2020

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Skin abscess: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10163] Expected publication date: TBC

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Insect bites and stings: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10136] Expected publication date: 30 June 2020

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Inducing labour (Update)

In development [GID-NG10082] Expected publication date: 01 July 2020

NICE guideline In development

Improving outcomes for people with sarcoma (CSG9)

This guideline covers how healthcare services for people with sarcoma should be organised. It aims to improve care by recommending which healthcare professionals should be involved and the types of hospital or cancer centre best suited to provide the care.

Cancer service guideline Published March 2006

Improving outcomes for people with skin tumours including melanoma (CSG8)

This guideline covers how healthcare services for people with skin cancers should be organised. It aims to improve diagnosis and care by recommending which healthcare professionals should be involved and at which stage.

Cancer service guideline Published February 2006 Last updated May 2010

Improving outcomes in colorectal cancer (CSG5)

This guideline covers how healthcare services for colorectal cancer should be organised. It aims to improve care for people with colorectal cancer by recommending which healthcare professionals should be involved in care.

Cancer service guideline Published June 2004

Improving outcomes in head and neck cancers (CSG6)

This guideline covers how healthcare services for adults with head and neck cancers should be organised. It aims to improve care by recommending which healthcare professionals should be involved and the types of hospital or cancer centre best suited to provide the care.

Cancer service guideline Published November 2004

Improving outcomes in children and young people with cancer (CSG7)

This guideline covers how healthcare services for children and young people with cancer should be organised. It aims to improve care by recommending which healthcare professionals should be involved and the types of hospital or cancer centre best suited to provide the care.

Cancer service guideline Published August 2005

Improving supportive and palliative care for adults with cancer (CSG4)

This guideline covers best practice in developing and delivering cancer services for adults. It aims to ensure that people with cancer, and their families and carers, are well informed, cared for and supported from before formal diagnosis onward.

Cancer service guideline Published March 2004

Improving outcomes in urological cancers (CSG2)

This guideline covers how healthcare services for people with urological cancer should be organised. It aims to improve care by recommending which healthcare professionals should be involved and the types of hospital or cancer centre best suited to provide the care.

Cancer service guideline Published September 2002

Improving outcomes in breast cancer (CSG1)

This guideline covers how healthcare services for breast cancer should be organised. It aims to improve care for women with breast cancer by recommending which healthcare professionals should be involved in care.

Cancer service guideline Published August 2002

Prophylaxis against infective endocarditis: antimicrobial prophylaxis against infective endocarditis in adults and children undergoing interventional procedures (CG64)

This guideline covers preventing infective endocarditis (IE) in children, young people and adults. It focuses on people at increased risk of infective endocarditis undergoing dental, gastrointestinal tract, genitourinary and respiratory tract procedures.

Clinical guideline Published March 2008 Last updated July 2016

Antenatal care for uncomplicated pregnancies (CG62)

This guideline covers the care that healthy women and their babies should be offered during pregnancy. It aims to ensure that pregnant women are offered regular check-ups, information and support.

Clinical guideline Published March 2008 Last updated February 2019

Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: diagnosis and management (CG61)

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in people aged 18 and over. It details how to accurately diagnose IBS, and aims to improve the quality of life for adults with IBS by promoting effective management using dietary and lifestyle advice, pharmacological therapy and referral for psychological interventions.

Clinical guideline Published February 2008 Last updated April 2017

Otitis media with effusion in under 12s: surgery (CG60)

This guideline covers surgical treatment of children younger than 12 years who have fluid buildup behind their eardrum (otitis media, also known as ‘glue ear’). It aims to improve hearing and quality of life in children with otitis media.

Clinical guideline Published February 2008

Atopic eczema in under 12s: diagnosis and management (CG57)

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing atopic eczema in children under 12. It aims to improve care for children with atopic eczema by making detailed recommendations on treatment and specialist referral. The guideline also explains how healthcare professionals should assess the effect eczema has on quality of life, in addition to its physical severity.

Clinical guideline Published December 2007

Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy): diagnosis and management (CG53)

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) which is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) (or encephalopathy). It aims to improve the quality of life for people with CFS/ME by setting out the care and treatment options that should be available for them.

Clinical guideline Published August 2007

Drug misuse in over 16s: opioid detoxification (CG52)

This guideline covers helping adults and young people over 16 who are dependent on opioids to stop using drugs. It aims to reduce illicit drug use and improve people’s physical and mental health, relationships and employment.

Clinical guideline Published July 2007

Myocardial infarction: cardiac rehabilitation and prevention of further cardiovascular disease (CG172)

This guideline covers cardiac rehabilitation and preventing further cardiovascular disease in people aged 18 and over who have had a myocardial infarction. It aims to promote the health of people who have had an MI by encouraging them to attend a cardiac rehabilitation programme and advising them on a healthy lifestyle. It also includes advice on drug therapy.

Clinical guideline Published November 2013

Autism spectrum disorder in under 19s: support and management (CG170)

This guideline covers children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (across the full range of intellectual ability) from birth until their 19th birthday. It covers the different ways that health and social care professionals can provide support, treatment and help for children and young people with autism, and their families and carers, from the early years through to their transition into young adult life.

Clinical guideline Published August 2013

Varicose veins: diagnosis and management (CG168)

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing varicose veins in people aged 18 and over. It aims to ensure that people understand the options for treating varicose veins and that healthcare professionals know when to refer people for specialist assessment and treatment.

Clinical guideline Published July 2013

Myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation: acute management (CG167)

This guideline covers care and treatment of people aged 18 and over with a type of heart attack known as spontaneous onset of myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation (STEMI). It aims to ensure that adults with STEMI are assessed and treated as soon as possible to minimise the damage to their heart. It also aims to help commissioners and healthcare professionals configure services so that people with STEMI can have the best outcomes.

Clinical guideline Published July 2013

Hepatitis B (chronic): diagnosis and management (CG165)

This guideline covers assessing and managing chronic hepatitis B in children, young people and adults. It aims to improve care for people with hepatitis B by specifying which tests and treatments to use for people of different ages and with different disease severities.

Clinical guideline Published June 2013 Last updated October 2017

Drug misuse in over 16s: psychosocial interventions (CG51)

This guideline covers using psychosocial interventions to treat adults and young people over 16 who have a problem with or are dependent on opioids, stimulants or cannabis. It aims to reduce illicit drug use and improve people’s physical and mental health, relationships and employment.

Clinical guideline Published July 2007