The NICE accreditation and quality assurance service assesses the processes that external organisations use to produce their own guidance and advice.
If these assessments show an organisation is producing guidance, which is of a good standard, we award them accreditation. This gives them a recognised mark of credibility amongst their peers and the general public.
We also produces a range of quality assured resources to support the health and social care sector in England. These include:
We awarded accreditation to 12 institutions. Six of these were new applications, 6 of them were renewals of organisations we had previously assessed.
When we launched the NICE accreditation programme in 2009, the aim was to ensure that all guidance developers were working to the same high standards, and that their recommendations are based on robust evidence.
As of 2016 the majority of external guidance producers have been awarded accreditation.
We now plan to launch a light-touch renewal programme in the future to uphold relationships with accredited guidance producers. Information about this will be shared on the NICE website when finalised.
Each year, organisations across the health and social care sector submit examples where they have followed our guidance in innovative and exemplary ways.
Our judging panel produces a shortlist of entries; the top three or four finalists are invited to present at the shared learning awards session of the NICE annual conference.
Last year, Somerset gastroenterology flexible healthcare team was crowned the winner for their work on improving care for people with irritable bowel syndrome. Watch the video to find our more:
In 2016/17, a total of 66 shared learning examples were published on the NICE website. A shortlist of 20 featured as poster presentations at the 2017 NICE Annual Conference. And four finalists presented to the judges:
Our endorsement programme reviews relevant resources that support the implementation of NICE guidance to check that they are accurate and of good quality.
We endorsed 24 resources in 2016/17. All of these will support the implementation of our guidance:
Quality and productivity case studies are a set of examples where we have assessed the initiatives for saving money and improving quality in health and social care.
We published seven quality and productivity case studies in 2016/17.
Each one details where NICE guidance has been followed and patient care has improved as a result. Some examples include: