NICE plans to build links with commissioning groups

NICE will form direct relationships with clinical commissioning groups to support their work, its chief executive Sir Andrew Dillon has said.

Speaking at a media briefing this week, Sir Andrew said NICE would build direct relationships with commissioning groups in the same way as it has with PCTs.

He said it would be ‘massively important’ to NICE to ensure commissioning groups ‘are aware of what it is that we produce and how they can use that to inform the commissioning decisions that they take’.

Sir Andrew said NICE would also have influence over the work of clinical commissioning groups through its commissioning guides.

‘Clearly there is going to be a sort of script written by the NHS Commissioning Board on a service-by-service basis, he said. ‘That will be regarded as a significant influence on what it is that local clinical commissioning groups actually do in the way that they are commissioning services.’

The process of developing commissioning guides would mean that NICE’s guidance and its quality standards ‘can be applied, have influence and be amplified’, he said.

Sir Andrew also stressed the importance to commissioners of NICE quality standards. These would define ‘a core of what constitutes high-quality care’, he said.

He added: ‘I would be very surprised and I would be very disappointed if any part of the NHS was to say: "We don’t think that’s important and we’re not going to do it".’

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