Making a difference 

Our aim at NICE is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and public health and social care services across England. Here are some examples of our work in practice.

NICE guideline on motor neurone disease

Rachael Marsden, advanced nurse practitioner, Oxford MND Care and Research Centre , says:

“If you were living with MND, whether in a hospital, at home or in a care home or hospice, you would want to receive co-ordinated and consistent care that responded to your needs.

“So by setting out what good care looks like and how it should be delivered, the NICE guideline ensures that those living with MND, their families and carers can enjoy a good quality of life.”

Watch this video to hear why NICE guidelines for MND are important

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Providing support for terminally ill children and their family 

Roy's sister Anita was born with hydrocephalus, a terminal illness often called 'water on the brain'. Her illness means she can experience blurred vision, severe headaches and have difficulty walking.

Roy, who is in his teens, wants to look after his sister and make her happy. To him, being a carer and a brother are one and the same.

But sometimes Roy needs time and space for himself. Time to study for exams, time to have fun with his friends and a space where he can talk to other people who, like him, are caring for their brother or sister who is dying.

The elephant club at Helen and Douglas House offers Roy that space. In this video he explains more about why the club is so important to him...

Watch this video to hear Roy's story

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Using evidence to spot sepsis faster will save lives

John Butler, consultant in emergency and critical care, Central Manchester University Hospital said:

“Sepsis occurs when the body is overcome by an infection. I have treated a significant number of people suffering from it. I have seen their body turn against them and their immune system go into overdrive. Eventually, unable to cope, their organs shutdown.

“The new NICE quality standard on sepsis urges hospital staff to treat people with life-threatening sepsis within one hour. And it equips healthcare professionals with the best information about how to achieve this.

“By following NICE’s recommendations we can reduce the number of cases where a sepsis diagnosis is missed or overlooked. Together we can improve the care we give. This will save lives.”

Watch the video to hear Stella's sepsis story

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