NICE launches web resource for general practice

  • Date: 22 February 2011

AN online resource has been launched to help staff in general practice access NICE evidence and guidance.

GPs, practice managers and practice nurses helped create the web-based tool that offers solutions to enable the uptake of NICE and other national primary care guidance. There is also a section aimed at helping GP consortia.

The resource – part of the NICE website – allows users to quickly access relevant guidance and information, offers tips to ensure the practice team is up-to-date and has advice on how to further their continuing professional development. GPs can view the top 10 NICE guidelines along with summaries of the key points for general practice as new guidance is published each month.

There are resources available to support the emerging GP commissioning consortia including links to the NICE quality standards, access to the best evidence to support commissioning, through NHS Evidence, and a range of practical tools and support. The website has four key sections: NICE for my patients, Using NICE guidance in my practice, My NICE resources, and NICE for GP consortia.

The web tool has been welcomed by RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada. She said it could become “an invaluable new resource” for those working in general practice, adding: “It can be a real challenge to keep up-to-date with NICE guidance, but this new resource will help GPs and their staff develop a systematic approach to identifying and using NICE guidance.”

GP Dr Greg Rogers, who helped develop the new online resource, said it was very user-friendly. He said: “Hopefully it will evolve with time to be the one stop shop we all use for medical guidelines and also for keeping up to date with continuing professional development and the latest clinical evidence.”

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