National Guideline Centre (NGC)

The National Guideline Centre (NGC) is commissioned by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to develop and produce evidence based guidelines.

Who we are

Formerly known as the National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC) the NGC was formed in April 2009 following the merger of the National Collaborating Centres for Acute Care, Chronic Conditions, Nursing and Supportive and Primary Care. 

The NGC is hosted by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and is one of the largest clinical guideline development organisations in the world. It has governance partnerships with the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing and the RCP.

What we do

NICE guidelines provide care standards within the NHS for healthcare professionals, patients and their carers on the prevention, treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions as well as recommendations on the organisation of services and social care.

The NGC delivers a large work programme covering a wide variety of clinical, social care and service delivery topics:

We also provide a consultancy service providing support for other national and international organisations, such as clinical commissioning groups and specialist societies, and run training courses in topics related to systematic reviewing and health economics.

How we work

The NGC is a vibrant, dedicated and enthusiastic team of over 65 people, the majority of whom are research fellows specialising in systematic reviewing, health economists and information specialists. They are supported by operational and clinical directors, project managers, document editors, process assistants, office managers and project co-ordinators. 

Each guideline in the NGC work programme is overseen by an independent guideline committee (GC). Membership of a GC comprises healthcare professionals and patient/carer representatives supported by the NGC technical team. An open process to recruit members to GCs is conducted by the NGC in the early stages of development for each commissioned guideline. More information about contributing to a NICE guideline is available on the get involved pages on NICE’s web site.

The appointed GC meet on a regular basis to interpret the evidence presented by the NGC technical team and together recommendations are drafted. These recommendations provide advice on a range of issues within a clinical area and are based on the best available research evidence. All guidelines are developed to an agreed methodology and supported by robust processes for stakeholder consultation, ensuring that all available evidence and perspectives are taken into account prior to publication.