NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – is the independent organisation responsible for giving guidance on healthcare treatments and preventative measures in the UK.
NICE guidance is developed using the expertise of the NHS and the wider healthcare community including healthcare professionals, patients, carers, industry and representatives from the academic world.
Guidance covers three areas:
- Clinical practice – guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions in the NHS;
- Health technologies – guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments and procedures in the NHS;
- Public health – guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for people working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sectors.
The NICE website can be found at www.nice.org.uk. The home page offers a search facility which will allow you to access NICE guidance on any health topic.
For example, if you type in ‘bariatric’ you will be able to access 21 guidelines and articles relating to bariatric services. An advanced search option is also available.
Here we offer links to the most recent NICE guidance relating to bariatrics.
SIGN – The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the NHS in Scotland.
SIGN guidelines are derived from a systematic review of scientific literature and are designed as a vehicle for accelerating the translation of new knowledge into action – helping to meet its aim of reducing variations in practice and improving outcomes.
The SIGN website can be found at www.sign.ac.uk Guidelines can be searched by subject or number.
Here are links to the most recent SIGN guidance relating to bariatrics.