Public affairs



Our public affairs team is responsible for managing strategic engagement with our stakeholders. This is integral to NICE building strong working relationships, which ensure opinions are taken into account and our guidance and resources reach the people who plan, deliver and use health and care services in the UK.

Highlights of 2016/17:

An increased NICE presence

Last year, NICE representatives participated in a number of high profile general practice speaking engagements. 

An increased presence of NICE speakers on key primary care conference programmes has in turn improved GP engagement with the organisation as a whole. Some examples of the representation we have had includes:

David Haslam, Chair of NICE, presented a key note speech at the Royal College of GPs annual conference 2016


Bruce Guthrie, Chair of our multimorbidity guideline group, led a panel at the Royal College of GPs annual conference 2016


Reaching out

In the last year our Chair Professor David Haslam and other leaders of NICE met many organisations. For example:

  • Skills for Care (adult social care)
  • National Voices (patients/ service users)
  • RCGP (clinical/ primary care)
  • RCN (clinical/ nursing)
  • RCP (clinical/ secondary/ specialist)

This helped us to gain an understanding of the organisations’ priorities, address issues around guidance, develop productive and enduring relationships and ensure they are aware of NICE’s main priorities.




Engaging with a vital audience: General Practitioners

Primary care is an important audience for NICE. GPs play a vital role in helping us to develop, promote and implement our guidance.

We publish guidance on numerous health, public health and social care topics of direct relevance to GPs. Their input is integral to a large proportion of our work.

To support our work with GPs, we have a well-established relationship with the profession, mainly through our work with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

This involves regular coverage in the Royal College of GPs monthly e-newsletter, Clinical News which is circulated to more than 50,000 GPs.

Last year, we placed more than 10 articles in Clinical News covering a wide range of topics including suspected cancer, multimorbidities, quality improvement and end of life care. Clinical News also carried interviews with senior leaders at NICE.

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