The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

NICE in England is responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. NICE produces guidance on three areas of health:

  • Public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sector
  • Health technologies - guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments and procedures within the NHS
  • Clinical practice - guidance on the appropriate treatment.

The guidance is informed by available evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of programmes or interventions, using a highly developed and rigorous process. Account is also taken of stakeholders’ views and fieldwork. ‘NICE Public Health Guidance ‘has no formal status in Scotland, but attracts interest and provides a useful source of reviewed evidence.

NHS Health Scotland Commentaries and Perspectives on ‘NICE Public Health Guidance’

NHS Health Scotland produces ‘Scottish Perspectives’  (previously Commentaries) on the NICE Public Health Guidance where considered appropriate. These are intended to help organisations, professionals and others make use of the guidance, adapted or amended as appropriate, to support the development and implementation of policy and practice in Scotland. They provide useful information for implementing the recommended actions – general notes, equality and diversity considerations, and Scottish contextual points. ‘Scottish Perspectives’ provide, via web links, ready access to the full NICE Guidance and to relevant Scottish policy documents, strategies and action plans. The ‘Scottish Perspectives’ do not constitute formal guidance.

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