Reducing variation in care: NIC projects

Posted on 3 October 2016 (Permalink)

The NICE Implementation Collaborative (NIC) was established in 2012 as a partnership between the NHS, the life sciences industry, healthcare professional bodies, and key health organisations, including NICE and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), which have committed to work together to understand, analyse, and overcome the challenges and tensions to implementation and widespread adoption of NICE recommendations. Click here to find out more about the NIC and its work.

Reducing unwarranted variation can help to improve patient experience and outcomes, improve efficiencies, and reduce costs. The Five Year Forward View and From evidence into action highlight that unless new models of care are introduced and unwarranted variation are addressed:

  • it will not be possible to meet the changing needs of the population nor those of individual patients
  • people will be harmed who should have been treated
  • unwarranted variation will continue thereby resulting in the waste of valuable healthcare resources.

The Guidelines in Practice resource centre: Reducing variation in care is now available. It hosts reports and related information on NICE Implementation Collaborative projects that examine variation in best practice with respect to the management of people with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes. 

 You can also click here to access the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare.