College involvement in NICE consultations
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on treatments and care for those using the NHS in England and Wales. Its guidance is for healthcare professionals, patients and their carers, to help them make decisions about treatment and healthcare.
NICE guidance and recommendations are prepared by independent groups that include professionals working in the NHS and people who are familiar with the issues affecting patients and carers. The Royal College of Pathologists aims to contribute to all consultations of relevance to pathology.
The College seeks expert advice from its members in order to constructively inform the preparation of clinical guidelines, health technology appraisals and single technology appraisals, diagnostic technologies and quality standards. Expert pathology input and advice is requested in the form of the review of draft documentation or attending meetings where these drafts are to be discussed.