NICE launches web tool to streamline GP guidance

NICE has launched a dedicated section of its website to streamline the use of its guidance in general practice.

NICE has streamlined guidance (Photograph: JH Lancy)

The microsite, which acts as a hub for existing guidelines, aims to keep primary care clinicians up to date with relevant NICE guidance.

The launch follows a new GP referrals database, also from NICE, aimed at reducing inappropriate referrals.

The general practice hub gives GPs easier access to guidance during consultations. It also includes steps to ensure a practice is up to date with clinical guidance and support for commissioners. Another section aggregates resources for specific groups, such as patients who smoke, or antenatal care.

The site lists when to expect forthcoming updates. NICE has invited GPs to comment on the resource until 1 December.

Meanwhile, the GP referrals site launched last month brings together referral information from existing NICE guidance into one searchable database.

The site will help GPs decide whether it is appropriate or not to refer a patient. NICE hopes the service will improve outcomes and save money.

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