NICE (The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance on health matters.  NICE guidance covers all sorts of health areas, including health technologies (drugs, devices and procedures), best clinical practice for all sorts of conditions and illness, and also public health (which covers promoting good health and preventing illness). NICE is also responsible for setting quality standards against which care can be assessed.

Dummies Guides to NICE Guidance:
NICE Guidance might sound a bit daunting but fortunately they have nice (ho ho) simple versions of their guidance for patients and the public. You can search for individual sumamries or browse the list of all of them.

NICE encourages PPI through its various committees and working groups, also patients and the public can also comment on draft versions of guidance.  The NICE PPI page is here.

Stakeholder involvement:
LINks can register as ‘stakeholders’ with NICE so that your LINk can comment on consultation documents. (There is no obligation to comment; you can just register as a stakeholder so that you are kept informed of developments and receive copies of the draft and final guidance.) Fill in your details at Clinical guideline stakeholder registration and Public health guidance stakeholder registration to register.

Join the Mailing List for LINks:
NICE send out an occasional mailing to LINks who are on their mailing list to keep them updated with NICE goings-on. Drop an email to, who is the Coordinator of the Patient & Public Involvement Programme.

What to do with this data:
Take the opportunity to sign up for more information. Use the NICE Guidance for project research and monitoring of services, and direct patients to the simple guidance if they are interested in these areas.