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National Guideline Alliance launch

1 April, 2016

National Guideline Alliance launch

The RCOG has announced the launch of a new guideline development centre commissioned to produce guidelines on behalf of NICE.

The National Guideline Alliance is today (1 April) launched, after the RCOG was awarded a six-year contract by NICE to bring together the work of a range of national collaborating centres (NCC).

The alliance was created by the amalgamation of three NCCs – cancer, mental health and women and children’s health.

It provides an integrated and efficient multidisciplinary approach to guideline development and is commissioned to develop up to 15 guidelines at any one time.

The alliance aims to improve the quality of NHS care through evidence-based standards and recommendations for healthcare professionals, patients and carers on the prevention, treatment and care of people with specific conditions.

David Richmond, RCOG president, said: ‘Using the best available evidence to develop recommendations that guide decisions in health, public health and social care, NICE guidelines represent the gold standard of clinical guidelines globally.

‘One of the RCOG’s principal aims is to set standards to improve health and clinical practice in women’s health in the British Isles and across the world.

‘We have already been developing guidelines for women and children’s health through the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health and are committed to working closely with NICE to deliver guidelines in other clinical practice areas which are instrumental in ensuring that standards are evidence-based as well as advocating the highest quality of patient care.’

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