National Institiue for Health and Clinical Excellence

Annual Review - 2012/2013

Pathways: a quick route for accessing NICE guidance

Given the wealth of guidance and associated products that we produce, it can be challenging to keep on top of all that NICE recommends.

To help with this, we have developed NICE Pathways. These are digital tools that offer an easy-to-use, intuitive way of accessing a range of information from NICE about health, public health and social care.

Each pathway visually represents everything NICE has recommended on a particular topic, and provides users with an accessible way of navigating our various pieces of guidance and associated documents.

Who are NICE pathways for?

NICE pathways are for anyone who uses NICE guidance and associated information, such as service providers and commissioners, practitioners, patients, carers, service users and members of the public.

NICE Pathways are useful tools for professionals at any career stage, and can help with learning, training, continuing professional development and keeping up-to-date with what NICE says on a particular topic.

What do NICE pathways cover?

Each pathway includes all relevant NICE guidance, including clinical guidelines, public health guidance, technology appraisals, interventional procedures, medical technology guidance, diagnostics guidance, and quality standards. This means health and social care professionals can quickly see all the guidance for a particular topic such as diabetes or dementia.

Progress this year

The vast majority of our clinical and public health guidance is now accessible via NICE pathways, which is rapidly becoming the prime route for accessing NICE guidance. In the past year, we have nearly doubled the number of pathways available to over 110.

We launch new pathways to accompany each clinical guideline and piece of public health guidance we produce, and we are continuing to develop pathways for our back catalogue of guidance products. We will have 90% of NICE guidance accessible via pathways by the end of March 2014.

Over the past year, we have produced new and updated pathways on a range of topics, including fertility, diabetes and headaches.

Helping commissioners plot integrated models of care

As NICE’s remit broadens into social care, and the focus shifts towards providing integrated models of care, NICE pathways provide an ideal tool for developing and delivering clinically and cost effective care.  Examples of this include our pathways on dementia pathway and looked-after babies, children and young people,  which will both be expanded to include new social care quality standards from next year.

As our work extends in this area, pathways will be key in introducing new audiences in the social care sector to our guidance. It will allow them to access the information they need to ensure the quality of their services.

NICE pathways offer an easy-to-use, intuitive way of accessing a range of information from NICE about health, public health and social care