- Nigel Hawkes
With a new chairman, a new name, and a new role the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence enters the world of the changed NHS in England with only its acronym unchanged (NICE).
Although its writ now extends to social care as well as healthcare, it has ingeniously recast its name so that the well established NICE brand can be retained. Yesterday (2 April) it published its first two pieces of social care guidance, which cover supporting people with dementia and quality standards for the health and wellbeing of children and teenagers in care.1 2
Under the Health and Social Care Act NICE has become a statutory body rather than a strategic health authority that was at the whim of ministers. “As an SHA we could be written in or out by a health secretary on a daily basis,” said Andrew Dillon, who remains chief executive. “Now …