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NICE launches new web tool for GPs

New resource will allow fast access to clinical evidence and guidance

Mark Gould

Monday, 21 February 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has today launched a new section of its website, to help staff in general practice get the most out of the evidence and guidance it provides.

Written with help GPs, practice managers and practice nurses, NICE says it will prove a valuable tool to help to deliver high quality evidence based primary care and to improve patient outcomes. It contains a section on how NICE can help GP consortia.

The website has four key sections: NICE for my patients, using NICE guidance in my practice, my NICE resources, and NICE for GP consortia. Each section is easy to access and read, providing high quality targeted information.

Users can quickly access relevant guidance and information, advice to ensure the practice team is up-to-date, and to further their continuing professional development.

It also includes a range of useful information for GPs, such as a quick at-a-glance list of the top 10 NICE guidelines for general practice and summaries of the key points for general practice as NICE publishes new guidance each month.

Dr Clare Gerada, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said: "This new section of the NICE website could become an invaluable new resource for those working in general practice.

"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."

These pages bring together all the resources that are available from NICE 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.

Dr Greg Rogers, who helped develop the site, said: "General Practice seems to be getting ever busier and I frequently need to access information as quickly as possible. This new section of the website offers extensive authoritative advice whilst also remaining easy to navigate. I hope it will become a well used resource for health professionals in primary care and 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."

The site has been built by people who work in general practice every day and tested and verified at every stage of its development. As part of this process, NICE formed a General Practice Reference Group, comprising 50 practices in England, plus a wider group of GPs, with access to national networks for practice nurses and practice managers, to contribute to the website's progress. NICE also held a consultation in winter 2010 on the final draft of the web pages, to ensure the new section of the website is as useful as possible.

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