Local decision-making

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Local decision-making

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From 15th May 2012, the team delivering the work of the NPC will form the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre and will sit alongside the Clinical Guidelines team within the Centre for Clinical Practice.

The NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre will continue to provide resources which aim to support all those involved in local decision-making. However, there will be some changes to the way in which these resources are produced and published going forward, as part of the overall work delivered by NICE.

All future Medicines and prescribing outputs, including those on local decision-making will be published on the NICE website and signposted from the Medicines and prescribing homepage.

In addition, there will also be changes to the protected area of the website which enables those who are eligible to access additional resources. These changes will not take effect immediately upon the launch of the Medicines and Prescribing Centre. Therefore, access to the current protected area of the website will continue until further notice.

The NHS Constitution gives patients the right to expect local decisions about the funding of medicines and treatments to be made rationally. The NPC has been commissioned to provide an ongoing programme of support to local NHS organisations which aims to provide a degree of consistency in the generic training of local decision-making groups, provide a mechanism for sharing best practice and interaction, and give local NHS organisations the tools to review and develop the processes underpinning local decision-making.


The information in this e-learning resource is provided to guide NHS organisations. It is provided without any assumption of liability to any individual, company or organisation. These issues are complex and sensitive. All NHS organisations and individuals should seek their own legal advice for specific issues and not to rely on this material. Neither NPC nor any individual who has been concerned with the preparation of this material accepts any liability to any person, company or organisation which seeks to rely on the information provided.