The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is to relaunch its not-for-profit NICE International division to deal with a growing number of enquiries from overseas health and social care bodies.
NICE International is the division of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) that provides an advisory service to international organisations, ministries and government agencies to support the use of evidence-based decision-making in health and social care systems.
NICE International provides support in developing systems to:
- Improve health and social care evidence-based decision-making.
- Embed health technology assessment to allocate resources in a cost effective, transparent and equitable way.
- Improve the quality of care and reduce variation of access.
Building on the expertise of people inside the organisation, NICE International also draws on links with academic partners and worldwide leading experts in the field of health technology assessment and evidence-based practice. Clients can learn about NICE’s products, methods and processes through its bespoke knowledge transfer seminars hosted at the NICE offices, in the client country or via web conference, or arrange for an international speaking engagement. The opportunity to publish, translate or adapt NICE content overseas is available using the NICE content re-use and adaptation services.
For a more detailed engagement, NICE International offers consultancy services to provide more intensive support with implementing evidence-based decision-making. Services include technical and institutional capability training, support with implementing new methods and programmes and contextualising NICE guidelines to local settings.
As the development of clinical guidelines can be expensive and time-consuming, NICE International will work with clients to adapt guidelines for England for their healthcare system.
Operating on a fee for service basis, NICE International can obtain funding directly from the client country and can also access funding from other public and charitable sources.
Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive at NICE, said: “We’re delighted to be relaunching NICE International so that we can share what we’ve learnt over the last 20 years to help other international health and care systems optimise their use of evidence-based practice.”