NICE guidance on commissioning

NICE has issued six web-based commissioning guides to help GPs effectively commission evidence-based care for patients.

The latest guides cover services for memory assessment, hysterectomy, endometrial ablation, female urinary incontinence, intrauterine devices and bariatric surgery.

Each guide contains a commissioning tool, which is an interactive resource that can be used to inform the level of service needed locally and the cost of local commissioning decisions.

Each guide is split into five sections and offers advice on why to commission a service, what service elements are needed, what level of service and resources will be needed locally and what mechanisms are available for quality assurance.

Hartlepool GP Dr Carl Parker, said: 'The good thing about commissioning guides is that they offer a one-stop resource to help GPs review current activity and plan future commissioning to meet local needs.'

- NICE commissioning guides 2008, live links at

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