The Department of Health opened up a public consultation last spring to seek people’s views on new topics for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to produce social care quality guidance and standards on from 2015 onwards.
We were delighted to receive over 270 responses from various sources including, voluntary organisations, NHS foundation trusts, care home workers, carers and service users.
NICE guidance is for NHS England, local authorities, social care staff, charities, and anyone with a responsibility for commissioning or providing healthcare, public health or social care services. They also support these groups in putting this guidance into practice.
All the responses we received have been considered by NICE in conjunction with Department of Health, Department for Education and Home office colleagues and the relevant ministers. We considered any gaps that already exist in social care guidance, which of the topics were already being produced by NICE in the health and public health fields, and what the sector priorities are.
As a result of this work, we were able to identify the first five topics to be formally referred to NICE to work on in the future. These will not be the only topics from the consultation referred to NICE but more investigation and engagement is required to confirm other topics.
The full consultation report is published today and has more detail on the consultation responses and the decisions made on all the proposed topics