It’s essential that the guidance NICE publishes is clear, concise and relevant for the people who use them.

Our publishing team is involved from the beginning of guidance development providing training and advice to developers, writing and editing text during the various stages of the development process, and finally publishing the guidance and related products in formats that are accessible to all of our users.

Highlights of 2016/17:

Listening to our audience

Last year, we conducted audience insight research to determine the main reasons users visit our guidance pages on the NICE website.

The research showed that being able to find the evidence behind a recommendation is of significant importance to our users. Visitors to our website are more likely to implement a NICE recommendation if the reasoning and evidence behind it are clear.

In response, we amended our guideline structures to enable users to easily see the rationale behind recommendations and find links for relevant evidence.

New pathways

NICE Pathways are everything NICE says on a topic in an interactive flowchart. The pathways include every single piece of NICE guidance, and this year we added all our advice products:

  • 97 medtech innovation briefings
  • 127 evidence summaries

Accessible content

Last year we produced ‘easy read’ versions of our guidance on preventing, assessing and managing mental health problems in people with learning disabilities and physical health of people in prison.

NICE also took part in the Get Real project which helped create a global tool for pharmaceutical companies. The tool is aimed at those who are interested in using real world evidence when researching new medicines or patients who want to know more about it.

The online tool, RWE Navigator was launched in March 2017.

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