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NICE and NHS Evidence are changing


Posted on Tuesday 19th March 2013

 

NICE and NHS Evidence are changing: In accordance with the Health and Social Care Act, on 1 April 2013, NICE will become an executive non-departmental public body. From this date, in addition to our current role providing guidance to the NHS and the public health communities we will also take on responsibility for developing quality standards and guidance for social care in England. To reflect these changes, from 1 April NICE will become the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
This expansion of our remit provides an opportunity to apply an evidence-based system to decision-making in the social care sector, similar to that provided for the NHS. It will also allow us to produce guidance and standards that promote better integration between health, public health and social care services.
As a result of these developments NHS Evidence will also be undergoing some stepped changes. From 1 April the web portal will become known as ‘Evidence Search’ and will carry the NICE logo in place of the NHS logo. However, the URL www.evidence.nhs.uk| will remain the same.  We will be incorporating Evidence Search, BNF, a refreshed CKS service and our Journals and Database together as a collection of core evidence products under the new heading of NICE Evidence Services. Changes to explanatory text within the site will be made to reflect these changes which will begin to be made from 1 April.
There will be further updates during June and July 2013 to the look and feel of the site and further changes to previous NHS Evidence ‘products’ at that time. We are alerting you now, in preparation for these changes and we will keep you updated with further information in a special e-bulletin prior to 1 April.
If you have any queries about our changing role, please contact our enquiry handling team on 0845 003 7781 or via nice@nice.org.uk|