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April 2021
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Launch of our ambitious new strategy

Our 5-year strategy sets out how we'll work across the health and care system and life sciences sector to develop our products, processes, partnerships and people.

Watch our virtual launch event to hear directly from members of our leadership team and board about how we’ll be more dynamic and responsive in our vital work.

Our vision over the next 5 years is reflected in 4 key pillars that underpin where we'll focus our transformation efforts:
  1. Rapid, robust and responsive technology evaluation
  2. Dynamic, living guideline recommendations
  3. Effective guidance uptake to maximise our impact
  4. Leadership in data, research and science.
Learn more about the NICE strategy
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Scientist looking at leukemia cells

New guideline on the assessment and management of chronic primary pain

We recommend that people with chronic primary pain should be offered a range of treatments to help them manage their condition. The guideline emphasises the need to put patients at the centre of their care and highlights the importance of healthcare professionals gaining an understanding of how a person's life affects their pain, and how pain affects their life.

Chemotherapy-free treatment option for common leukaemia

We’ve recommended acalabrutinib, taken as a twice daily tablet, as an option for adults with untreated chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). People with CLL, who have high-risk disease or cannot have standard chemotherapy, can be offered the treatment, benefitting around 2,395 patients each year.

Catch up on all our latest news articles

Into practice

Screening secondary care patients for atrial fibrillation

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust worked with Eastern Academic Health Science Network to establish a patient-centred multidisciplinary stroke prevention service.

Using our guideline on the management of atrial fibrillation, they screened patients admitted to hospital. After finding atrial fibrillation, they used multidisciplinary expertise to optimise stroke prevention measures.

In the first 12 months, the team screened 14,979 general medical patients, identifying 402 new cases of atrial fibrillation. They started 401 of those people on anticoagulation treatment, which prevented an estimated 16 strokes and 8 deaths. They estimate the scheme has reduced 254 inpatient bed days annually, saving the trust £89,000.

This project was one of the highly commended entries at our Shared Learning Awards.

Read the screening for atrial fibrillation case study

Infographics to help implement our musculoskeletal guidance

Matthew Rogers is a practicing osteopath and head of professional development at the Institute of Osteopathy. He’s also a NICE fellow. During his fellowship, Matthew created a number of NICE-endorsed infographics, based on our guidance.

  • Osteoarthritis infographic supports the implementation of recommendations around non-pharmacological management in our guideline on osteoarthritis: care and management.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis infographic supports the implementation of recommendations around non-pharmacological management in our guideline on rheumatoid arthritis in adults: management.
  • Osteoporosis infographic supports the implementation of recommendations in our guideline on osteoporosis: assessing the risk of fragility fracture.

NICE fellows are senior influential leaders who act as ambassadors for NICE’s work for 3 years. They use their strong networks to promote the work of NICE at a regional and national level.

Find out about NICE fellowships

Get involved

Help shape how we present our guidance

We’d like your help with improving how we present our guideline content on diagnosing and managing type 2 diabetes, with a focus on supporting shared decision-making. We’re aiming to make it easier to access and use.

Register your interest in helping us improve our diabetes content

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 have a number of current vacancies for health and social care professionals, and lay people, to join our committees. Topics include technology appraisal, weight management and artificial intelligence software for CT scans. Join and have an active role in producing a guideline or quality standard.

See our current committee vacancies

Observe a meeting

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we're currently holding all our public meetings virtually. You'll need to register in advance to join. 

Upcoming public meeting:

  • Friday 11 May 2021 – Quality standards advisory committee
    • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
    Registration closes Tuesday 4 May 2021.
    Agenda and register
  • Friday 21 May 2021 – Medical technologies advisory committee
    • Evaluation of GID-MT553 Synergo for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer
    • Evaluation of MT507 Plus Sutures for preventing surgical site infection
    Registration closes Thursday 6 May 2021.
    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


Supporting adult carers webinar

Based on our supporting adult carers guideline and quality standard, this webinar covers:

  • supporting social care providers and commissioners to identify adult carers by working collaboratively with health and other services
  • how practitioners can conduct carer-centred, personalised assessments
  • supporting service providers to give the right information and support to adult carers, including access to short breaks and respite care
  • how NICE guidelines are developed and how NICE guidance can be implemented locally.
Watch supporting adult carers webinar
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HTAi 2021 early bird registration deadline

Health Technology Assessment international’s (HTAi) annual meeting will take place online:

  • Saturday 19 to Wednesday 23 June 2021.

The deadline for early bird registrations is Friday 30 April. Register now to take advantage of the low rates.

You’ll find details on the speakers, plenary sessions, workshops and presentations on the HTAi 2021 virtual annual meeting website.

Register to attend HTAi 2021


Changes to health technology evaluation methods and process review timelines

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we extended our process review for health technology evaluation consultation by 4 weeks. This was to make sure our stakeholders had enough time to respond. This timeline change means the final publication date of our methods and processes programme manual will be later than anticipated.
Our new key dates are:

  • August/September 2021: 6-week public consultation on the draft programme manual
  • December 2021: final programme manual publishes
  • January 2022: implementation of new methods and processes.

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