The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is developing a new section of its website aimed at supporting and encouraging the use of its guidance in general practice.

This resource will assist general practitioners (GPs) in getting the most out of NICE guidance, allowing them to view the range of other products offered by the Institute and helping them ensure their patients receive the best possible care, the Institute says.

The new section will contain advice on the best ways to keep informed of latest NICE guidance and will include podcasts and case studies on how to successfully implement the Institute’s recommendations, as well as tips on recording progress and keeping general practices up-to-date.

“A guiding principle behind the development of this new resource is that it should be led by you, the user, and be tested and verified at each stage by the people who work every day in general practice,” NICE tells GPs.

To do this, the Institute has formed a NICE General Practice Reference group, which comprises 50 practices recruited from across England, plus a wider group of GPs and access to national networks for practice nurses and practice managers.

“Another principle is that, like our guidance, the solutions we offer should be evidence-based. There is a wealth of research into the barriers and enablers to the uptake of guidance in general practice,”  says NICE, adding: “we have used this evidence and, working with some of the leading researchers in this field, have identified key lessons that could help improve the effectiveness of the tools and support we provide.”

A preview version of the online resource will be available today (October 7) at the Royal College of General Practitioners' (RCGP) Annual Primary Care Conference in Harrogate, which runs until October 9, and NICE is asking GPs attending the conference to visit it, on Stand 8, “to get a sneak preview and give us your feedback.”