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The Royal College of Physicians host the National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC), one of the largest clinical guideline development organisations in the world.
The NCGC was formed in April 2009 following the merger of the National Collaborating Centres for Acute Care, Chronic Conditions, Nursing and Supportive Care and Primary Care.
What does the NCGC do?
It develops clinical guidelines on behalf of the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE). NICE guidelines are recommendations, based on the best available evidence, on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS in England and Wales. They provide standards for healthcare professionals, patients and their carers.
How do they work?
NCGC comprises a team of research specialists, operational and clinical directors, project managers and project coordinators. Each guideline in the NCGC work programme is overseen by an independent guideline development group of healthcare professionals and patient/ carer representatives, backed by the NCGC technical team.
- All guidelines are support by robust processes for stakeholder consultation. This ensures that all available evidence and perspectives are taken into account prior to publication.
- NCGC is taking a leading role in the development of quality standards for commissioning healthcare services.
- Recently published clinical guidelines include evidence-based advice on epilepsy and hypertension.