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NICE may advise on configuration of medical services

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5949 (Published 21 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5949
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) may in future advise on the reconfiguration of medical services, as well as creating the quality standards that will underpin healthcare delivery.

Carole Longson, director of the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation at NICE, told a conference in London on 19 October that advice on reconfiguration could be a future development for the agency. “We have been talking about this for the past year,” she said. “We have already developed service delivery guidelines, and as the NHS moves to a framework based on outcomes, these will become more and more important.

“But we are also considering how advice on the best configuration of services could be incorporated into the guidelines work.”

Dr Longson said that under the coalition government, important changes in NICE had been signalled, including quality standards, but the basic principles, …

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