National Guideline Centre (NGC)

The National Guideline Centre (NGC) is commissioned to develop NICE clinical practice guidelines. The work of the NGC is overseen by a governance partnership between the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners, Nursing, Physicians and Surgeons, all of which are represented on the NGC management board alongside representatives from the Royal College of Physicians Patient and Carer Network, the UK Cochrane Centre, and NHS England.

Who we are

The NGC 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. Hosted by the Royal College of Physicians, the NGC is one of the largest clinical guideline development organisations in the world.

What we do


The NGC is commissioned to develop NICE clinical practice guidelines. 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. The NGC specialises in guidance for acute and chronic conditions and delivers a large work programme covering a wide variety of clinical and service delivery topics.

Training courses

The NGC offers two intensive 1-day courses instructing participants on how to appraise published research critically and covering the key principles of combining research evidence in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Consultancy support

Building on experience of systematic reviewing, health economics, evidence translation and guideline development, the NGC can help you deliver your evidence-based projects. The NGC's aim is to share best practice and help its clients improve the quality of healthcare.

How we work

The NGC is a vibrant, dedicated and enthusiastic team with a staff of 65 people. The majority are research fellows specialising in systematic reviewing, health economists and information specialists, supported by operational and clinical directors, project managers, document editors and process assistants, office managers and project coordinators.

    Contact us

    Main office

    National Guideline Centre
    5th Floor
    180 Great Portland Street
    London W1W 5QZ

    RCP office

    The Royal College of Physicians
    11 St Andrews Place
    Regent's Park
    London NW1 4LE