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Update for Primary Care

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


Young adult during a counselling session

Menu of treatment options for depression

Our updated guideline on the treatment and management of depression in adults advises that patients should make an informed choice on which treatment option is right for them. People with less severe depression could choose between counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, exercise or psychotherapy. A range of similar interventions are also available for more severe depression, with the option of antidepressant medication.

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Supporting social, emotional and mental wellbeing in schools

Our new guideline covers children and young people under 25 in primary, secondary and further education. It also covers people 25 years and under with special educational needs or disability in further education. The guidance aims to ensure education settings value social, emotional and mental wellbeing in all they do. It seeks to promote good social, emotional and psychological health to protect children and young people against behavioural and health problems.

Catch up on all our latest news articles
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Early value assessment pilot in medical technology

In this month’s NICE Talks podcast we speak to Mark Chapman, interim director of Medical Technology at NICE, and Andrew Davies, digital health lead at the Association of British HealthTech Industries. We learn how the programme could help us more rapidly identify promising technologies for use in the NHS.

Listen to early value assessment podcast

Clinical knowledge summaries

New topics and updates include:

  • Corticosteroids – topical (skin), nose, and eyes. Updated the section on withdrawal of topical corticosteroids in line with some corticosteroids' summary of product characteristics.
  • Diabetes – type 2. Added the adverse effect of increased risk of vitamin B12 deficiency associated with metformin, based on a drug safety update from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
  • Generalised anxiety disorder. Reviewed the evidence base and made minor structural changes to the recommendations of this topic.
  • Shingles. Added the increased risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome from the use of Shingrix, based on the manufacturer's summary of product characteristics.
Our clinical knowledge summaries (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.
Browse CKS library

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Join our audience insight community

We want those working in primary care to join our insight community and have their voice heard. Your views will influence the continual development of our products and services.

Members of the community have already helped us to:

  • better understand how primary care staff use our guidance and recommendations
  • improve the way we present our resources
  • develop our implementation strategy
  • gain insights into our guidance users’ perceptions of NICE.

We run different activities depending on what we’re trying to find out. This can vary from a quick online survey to an all-day workshop. There's no obligation to take part - just help if you can.

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Shape the future of our guidance: feedback on our prototype

We want to change the way our guidance appears online to make it more useful and usable. We’re trialling new approaches to guideline design and want you to test and feedback on our current prototype. Your views are important because they will ensure our guidelines work best for you.

Comment on our prototype

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 a GP to join our:

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

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. 

We’re currently holding all our public meetings virtually.

See all our public meetings


NICE’s annual report and accounts published

Our yearly report is now available to view online. The report contains information about performance, accountability, audit and financial statements for 2021 to 2022.

Read our annual report

Government publishes first women's health strategy

Women and girls across England are set to benefit from improved healthcare following the publication of the first ever government-led women’s health strategy.
Over the past 12 months, NICE has produced a range of guidelines aimed at improving women’s health including: 

Read women's health strategy

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