Two new online databases will support implementation of NICE guidance

At its annual conference today NICE launched two new online databases to support the implementation of guidance.

Two new online databases will support implementation of NICE guidance

At its annual conference today NICE launched two new online databases to support the implementation of guidance. 
The first database (available at contains examples of local implementation projects and aims to share learning across the NHS and organisations with responsibility for delivering public health programmes. At the point of launch the fully searchable database includes over 30 examples of implementation initiatives from NHS, voluntary and other public sector organisations. 

Examples range from the implementation of specific pieces of NICE guidance by specialist services to organisation-wide implementation systems that ensure all NICE guidance is assessed and appropriate implementation plans are put in place. 

Going forward NICE will assess up to 15 examples each month for inclusion in the database. 
The second database snappily titled ERNIE (which stands for evaluation and review of NICE implementation evidence and available at provides a bank of guidance-specific implementation uptake reports produced by NICE and references to external studies looking at how NICE guidance is being implemented.

The uptake reports produced by NICE provide an analysis of data that is available at a national level from a number of sources. The reports compare the available data to the NICE recommendations and identify whether uptake appears to be in line with the guidance.

External studies are classified to show whether the findings concluded that the guidance appears to be being implemented according to the recommendations made by NICE by using the following descriptions:
·        Practice appears to be in line with guidance
·        Practice appears not to be in line with guidance
·        Doubts about or mixed impact in practice
·        Not graded, insufficient evidence to make assessment.

Speaking at the NICE conference Dr Gillian Leng, Implementation Systems Director at NICE, said: “At this conference we’re looking at how the NHS can manage conflicting priorities and make clinical excellence a reality for all patients. These two new web resources support these aims and will help those with an interest in implementation to access a growing body of information on how NICE guidance is being implemented. 

Through the shared learning and ERNIE resources implementers can find out more about local projects, share ideas and good practice and even see national reports that help to set the context of implementation. By creating these two central repositories of information we can reduce duplication in workload and make the wealth of resource out there easily available to those tasked with the important job of putting NICE guidance into practice.”


For more information call Lucy Betterton on 020 7067 5900 or 07747 865562.

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