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Update for Primary Care

Our latest primary care news and guidance.
March 2022
News | Clinical knowledge summaries | Get involved | Other resources | Announcements


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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder quality standard

Our latest quality standard on fetal alcohol spectrum sets out how health and care services can improve diagnosis, assessment, and prevention in 5 key areas: advice on avoiding alcohol in pregnancy; fetal alcohol exposure; referral for assessment; neurodevelopmental assessment and management plans.

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Draft quality standard on indoor air quality

Help shape our quality standard on indoor air quality at home. It covers residential buildings including nursing homes, care homes and children’s homes. The draft standard sets out that healthcare professionals should ask people with respiratory conditions or cardiovascular conditions who have repeated or worsening respiratory symptoms about their housing conditions. Consultation is open until Monday 11 April.

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Integrated health and care services for people experiencing homelessness

This latest episode of our NICE Talks podcast focuses on our recently published guideline on homelessness. Our guests are Guillermo Rodriguez-Guzman, head of evidence and data at the Centre for Homelessness Impact and Rachel Johns, deputy regional director at the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities and chair of our guideline committee on the topic.

Clinical knowledge summaries

New topics and updates include:

  • Cervical cancer and HPV. The recommendations on assessment and management have been updated in line with current evidence. A new section on assessment has been added to the diagnosis section.
  • Chickenpox. Additional information has been added on when to consider admission to hospital for pregnant women with chickenpox. This is in-line with updated guidance from Public Health England.
  • Faecal incontinence in adults. This is a new topic.
  • Prostate cancer. Recommendations on risk stratification for people with newly diagnosed prostate cancer have been updated in-line with our guideline on prostate cancer: diagnosis and management guideline. The information on age-specific prostate-specific antigen thresholds for people with possible symptoms of prostate cancer have been updated in-line with our guideline on suspected cancer: recognition and referral. Recommendations on referral for suspected prostate cancer have also been updated in accordance with this guideline.
  • Scrotal pain and swelling. Recommendations on assessment and management have been updated in-line with current evidence. A prescribing information section has been added.
Our CKS provide primary care practitioners with a readily accessible summary of the evidence base and best practice guidance for over 370 topics. These cover over 1,000 clinical presentations or patient scenarios, free to access in the UK.

Get involved

Comment on a consultation

Our current consultations include:

Consultation is a key part of our guidance development process. It enables those with an interest in our guidance to comment at specific stages and feedback into the decision-making process.
See all our open consultations

Join a committee

We’re looking for primary care professionals, including a GP and those working in the field of maternal and child nutrition:

Our guidance and quality standards are developed by independent committees. Join us and have an active role in producing a guideline or quality standard.
See all our committee vacancies

Observe a meeting

We’re currently holding all our public meetings virtually. You'll need to register in advance to join. 

Upcoming public meeting:

  • Friday 22 April 2022 – Medical technology advisory committee
    Registration closes Wednesday 13 April 2022.
    Agenda and register
Our advisory committee meetings, technology appraisal appeal hearings and public board meetings are open to the public. Holding them in public supports our commitment to having processes in place that are rigorous, open, and transparent.
See all our public meetings

Other resources

Building an evidence standards framework for artificial intelligence-enabled digital health technologies

In this Lancet article, we outline our work to develop an evidence standards framework for artificial intelligence-enabled digital health technologies. The framework is a set of universal standards describing the evidence requirements of different types of digital health technologies. It:

  • makes it easier for innovators and commissioners to understand what good levels of evidence for digital health technologies look like
  • helps commissioners make more informed and consistent decisions when purchasing digital health technologies
  • helps innovators understand how to demonstrate the effectiveness and value of their product when submitting their technology for NICE evaluation or selling directly to the NHS.
Read The Lancet article


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BNF app introduces login and favourites functionality

The BNF app has introduced a new favourites functionality. It allows registered users to log in and bookmark drug monographs, treatment summaries and other records referred to frequently. Users can now easily find and quickly access this content across multiple devices.
To support the new feature, registration is now mandatory. It is quick and easy to do and once logged in, you will stay signed in on your device.

Changes to our privacy notice

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