View this email in your browser
Share Share
Tweet Tweet
Forward Forward

for Health and Social Care

Bringing you our latest news, features and guidance.
July 2022
COVID-19NewsSocial care | Get involved | Blogs | Announcements


Updates to managing COVID-19 guideline


Read managing COVID-19 update information
We are continuously updating our COVID-19 guidelines to incorporate the latest evidence and keep abreast of new developments in diagnoses and treatments. We’ll highlight recent updates in this monthly email communication, or you can keep up to date on the latest live changes through our website.


Doctor showing a female patient an x-ray scan

Step-change targeted treatment for early breast cancer

Our final draft guidance recommends abemaciclib for early breast cancer in combination with hormone therapy. We've recommended the treatment for people at high risk of recurrence who have had surgery to remove their tumour. Results from a clinical trial showed that people offered abemaciclib had amore than 30% better chance of their cancer not coming back compared with people having hormone therapy alone.

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.

Catch up on our latest news
NICE Talk logo

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

Social care

Guideline for supporting social, emotional and mental wellbeing in schools

Our new guideline covers children and young people in primary and secondary education (key stages 1 to 5). 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
  • identify students experiencing difficulties and offer them help if needed
  • provide support that suits each child’s background and needs
  • give students help to cope with important changes happening in their lives
  • involve parents, carers and students in discussions about how to improve wellbeing.
Read our wellbeing guideline

Social work video series: how is evidence and NICE guidance relevant to social work?

We've developed a series of short videos on evidence-informed social work practice. They’re aimed at social work students and educators. They may also be of interest to qualified social workers and social workers completing research.

Play our video series

Get involved

Join our audience insight community

We want those working within the health and care sector 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 health and 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.

Learn more about the community and join

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

Help shape new advisory service for artificial intelligence and digital technologies

We’re placing user needs front and centre to develop a new service to support the development and adoption of artificial intelligence and digital technologies in health and care. We expect to launch an early version of the online service soon and need your help. We are looking for adopters of these technologies to interact with the site. We want to know what works well and what does not so that we can continue to improve it.

Register to shape new service

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 vacancies for health and care professionals to join our committees. Topics include digital cognitive behaviour therapy for children and young people, diabetes in children and young people and breast cancer. 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


Doctor Dalia Dawoud

Learn the basics of HTA

Dr Dalia Dawoud, senior scientific adviser at NICE, introduces our free online course. It provides an introduction to health technology assessment (HTA) and explains the basic concepts that underpin our guidance-producing activities.

Read Dalia's blog


Interior spread of the annual report

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

unsubscribe from this list