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National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence assesses the implementation of its guidelines; and whether there are any plans to change those procedures. (248840)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) does not routinely monitor the uptake or implementation of guidance by individual national health service organisations as this is currently the role of the Healthcare Commission.

NICE’s clinical guidelines are developmental standards for NHS organisations and the Government expect them to be fully implemented over time. In 2006-07, NHS organisations were asked to assess themselves against the ‘clinical and cost-effectiveness’ developmental standard which takes account of NICE’s clinical guidelines. The self-assessments were independently validated by the Healthcare Commission and showed that 90 per cent. of NHS organisations were making excellent, good or fair progress towards implementing NICE’s clinical guidelines.

From April 2009, the Care Quality Commission will take over from the Healthcare Commission and will consider, in discussion with stakeholders including NICE, how to take account of NICE guidance as it develops its compliance criteria.