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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. It develops guidance, standards and information on high quality health and social care. It also advises on ways to promote healthy living and prevent ill health.

Formerly the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, NICE's name changed on April 1 2013 to reflect its new role as a non-departmental public body and additional responsibility to develop guidance and set quality standards for social care, as outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

NICE aims:

  • to help practitioners deliver the best possible care 
  • to give people the most effective treatments based on the latest evidence
  • to provide value for money
  • to reduce inequalities and variation

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