NICE Pathways – mapping our guidance

NICE Pathways provide quick and easy access, topic by topic, to the range of information from NICE including up-to-date guidance, quality standards, implementation tools and information for the public.

Our pathways are for anyone who uses NICE guidance and associated information, including health and social care professionals, service providers and commissioners, and members of the public.

NICE Pathways provide a good introduction for anyone new to a topic and also enable specialists to be confident that they are up to date with everything NICE has recommended.

The resource will also greatly help those who need to commission services and develop local guidelines and pathways, since NICE Pathways enable access across the whole range of NICE guidance.

NICE Pathways can also be used for learning, continuing professional development and keeping up-to-date with what NICE says on a particular topic.

New developments for 2014-15

This year we updated our site and refreshed the layout and design. We optimised NICE Pathways for mobile and tablet devices meaning that they are much easier to access when you are on the move.

We also improved the ability to search within NICE Pathways, allowing you to find individual recommendations much more quickly.

We’ve increased the amount of NICE guidance accessible via NICE Pathways to more than 97%, and a number of new topics have been added to our library such as pathways on medicines optimisation and bladder cancer.

We have also produced new pathways to cover our broadened remit for social care and safe staffing.

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive of NICE, said: “NICE Pathways are a really useful way of getting a broad overview of what NICE says on a particular topic area, which can then be broken down into detailed recommendations.

“Our pathways are now optimised for mobiles and for tablets, meaning that it is easier than ever to access what NICE says.”

She added: "Each pathway pulls together everything that NICE has said on a topic. So visiting the NICE Pathway on obesity, for example, will provide you with advice not just from the relevant clinical and public health guidelines, but from quality standards and technology appraisals too."

“NICE pathways provide an excellent overview resource for trainees and clinicians by giving a summary of points that can help in absorbing essential recommendations, plus a structured pathway to approach a condition."

“These pathways give a rapid 'at a glance' view of the increasing overlap of health with social care issues, allowing the viewer to focus in on their area of interest, while also displaying parallel related issues and guidance that clinicians may not be aware of.”

Rachel Pryke, GP at Winyates Health Centre, Redditch, Worcestershire, said: “NICE pathways provide an excellent overview resource for clinicians by giving summary points that can help in absorbing essential recommendations, plus a structured pathway to approach a condition.

“These pathways give a rapid ‘at a glance’ view of the increasing overlap of health with social care issues, allowing the viewer to focus in on their area of interest, while also displaying parallel related issues and guidance that trainees may not be aware of.”