NICE guidance

See below for an overview of NICE and a list of quick-links to the latest and/or most relevant guidance documents from the organisation:


NICE provides audit support for all technology appraisals, clinical guidelines and selected interventional procedures and public health guidance. The aim of the audit support is to make the process of developing clinical audit projects easier through the provision of ready-to-use criteria, including exceptions, definitions and data source suggestions. For audit support published since November 2007, a data collection tool is also included. This tool can either be used in its entirety or 'locally' adapted to suit the requirements of your service.

Further information on how to use NICE audit support (and criteria) is available here. A full list of published audit criteria is available here.

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Principles of best practice in clinical audit

Endorsed by NICE and the Care Quality Commission, ‘Principles for Best Practice in Clinical Audit' details the methods, tools, techniques and activities at each stage of a clinical audit.

It contains sections on:

  • Preparing for audit
  • Selecting audit criteria
  • Measuring levels of performance
  • Making and sustaining improvements in care

View 'Principles for Best Practice in Clinical Audit' >>

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How to put NICE guidance into practice

This guide is the cornerstone of NICE's support programme. It provides an implementation model to help NHS organisations comply with the Department of Health's ‘Standards for better health' and meet the expectations of the Healthcare Commission. More information.

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How to change practice: understand, identify and overcome the barriers to change

This guide from NICE aims to improve patient care by providing practical advice on how to encourage healthcare professionals and managers to change practice in line with the latest guidance. More information.

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External Reference Group

The External Reference Group provides NICE with rapid and informal feedback on the development of specific implementation support tools, including audit criteria from a widely representative group from the NHS and wider health community.

Members of the External Reference Group are invited to help NICE ensure that the implementation support provided is appropriate and helpful, and that the appropriate networks are identified to assist in the development of the tools.

Further information is available here.

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Shared Learning Database

NICE encourages people to share learning with other organisations on implementing NICE clinical or public health guidance, including audit, through its Shared Learning Database.

All submissions are entered into the new NICE Shared Learning Award. 

For further information click here.

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