NICE needs to move faster to keep up with NHS changes

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 31 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e753
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Health and social care experts are asking the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce guidance more quickly as it expands its role. They also want more to be done to measure the effect of new quality standards on the care of patients.

At a London seminar hosted by the Westminster Health Forum on 26 January, expert panellists and an audience from a range of sectors debated issues raised by NICE’s proposed new role, including how to ensure implementation of standards.

NICE is due to become a non-departmental public body in April 2013, and its role in social care is …

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