National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. 

What does NICE do?

NICE's role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services by:

  • Producing evidence-based guidance  for health, public health and social care practitioners.
  • Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services.
  • Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.

What is NICE Guidance?

NICE Guidance takes a number of forms - the primary form being Guidelines.

NICE guidelines make evidence-based recommendations on a wide range of topics.  These include preventing and managing specific conditions to planning broader services and interventions to improve the health of communities.

NICE guidelines are evidence-based recommendations for health and care in England. 

They set out the care and services suitable for most people with a specific condition or need, and people in particular circumstances or settings. 

These guidelines help health and social care professionals to:

  • prevent ill health
  • promote and protect good health
  • improve the quality of care and services
  • adapt and provide health and social care services.

NICE Guidance also includes: 

  • antimicrobial prescribing guidelines
  • technology appraisals guidance
  • interventional procedures guidance
  • medical technologies guidance
  • diagnostics guidance
  • highly specialised technologies

What are Quality Standards?

Quality standards set out the priority areas for quality improvement in health and social care.  They are based on NICE guidance and other NICE-accredited sources. 

Each standard gives you:

  • a set of statements to help you improve quality
  • information on how to measure progress

Where can I access NICE information services?

NICE Evidence Services are a suite of services that provide access to high quality authoritative evidence and best practice.  NICE Evidence Services are for everyone working in health and social care who make decisions about treatments, interventions or the use of resources. 

While NICE Evidence Services are designed primarily for professionals and practitioners, patients and the wider public are also able to search most of the content.

NICE Evidence services can be accessed on the NICE website.