PIF member NICE has outlined its plans to change the way it produces guidance over the next five years.

Consultation with users found they wanted NICE recommendations to be easier to find, understand and use.

In response, it has set out a strategic ambition to produce guidelines in a new interactive format.

A new project team is initially focusing on redesigning recommendations on type 2 diabetes in adults. 

The aim is to develop new ways of creating, structuring and presenting recommendations to better reflect the needs of end users.

'Living guidelines' 

During COVID-19, NICE has rapidly created a suite of guidelines which are continuously updated.

The aim is to recreate this 'living guideline' approach across the topic portfolio.

In September, NICE signed a collaborative agreement with Cochrane. This will enable it to better use Cochrane reviews to respond quickly when the evidence underpinning recommendations changes. 

NICE is also exploring different tools for developing guidelines.

For example, the managing COVID-19 guideline was authored using the Making GRADE the Irresistible Choice publishing platform (MAGICapp).

Development and consultation

NICE will be testing the new design of guidance throughout the process.

Stakeholders can contact NICE directly to get involved.

Click here to read the NICE Strategy 2021 to 2026 in full.