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Latest topics referred to NICE: March 2012

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Department of Health ministers agreed to refer the following topics to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in March, to begin the process of developing guidance for each topic.

Public health

The following public health topics have been referred to NICE.

  • Public health guidance for those working in health, youth and criminal justice, education and social care sectors on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of interventions for the prevention and early treatment of the mental health problems of offenders taking account of the whole offender pathway.
  • Public health guidance for those working in health, youth and criminal justice, education and social care sectors on the early identification and management of young people who display sexually harmful behaviour.
  • Joint clinical guidelines and public health guidance for commissioners and service providers working in health and criminal justice sectors on ensuring people in prison have full and appropriate access to care known to be effective and cost effective in preventing, diagnosing and managing physical health problems (both acute and chronic, infectious and non-infectious).
  • Joint clinical guidelines and public health guidance for those working in health, social care and criminal justice sectors on an integrated model for addressing mental health in prisons.

Read about NICE public health guidance on the NICE website.

About NICE referrals

NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.

Department of Health ministers refer topics to NICE and NICE schedules these topics into its work programme, to begin the process of developing guidance for each topic.

Depending on the type of guidance and its complexity, this can take between 6 months and 2 years.

NICE guidance includes technology appraisals, clinical guidelines, public health guidelines and quality standards.

Find out more about NICE guidance on the NICE website.