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NICE guidelines in user-friendly format

GPs are to receive practical, user-friendly guides to putting NICE clinical guidelines into practice following an exclusive partnership between the institute and Pulse.

This week sees the first in a series of supplements providing guideline implementation plans for everyday general


Each supplement will include a file-and-keep laminate summarising key GP action points.

The first supplement, focusing on long-acting reversible contraception, is distributed with this week's edition of Pulse in England, Wales and Northern Ireland ­ the areas covered by NICE clinical guidance. The series will cover all new NICE clinical guidelines over a two-year period.

Phil Johnson, editor of Pulse, said: 'Most GPs realise the importance of being up to date with current NICE guidance, if only to ensure clinical care in their own surgery is in line with best practice. But their task is made difficult by the sheer length and scope of the guidelines.

'These supplements are designed to provide a practical and easily digestible summary for GPs.'

Dr Gillian Leng, implementation systems director at NICE, said: 'We're delighted to be working with Pulse to develop practical guides that will help GPs to turn the best practice outlined in NICE guidance into a reality for patients.

'This is an ideal way to support GPs in the vital job they do.'

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