The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is set to re-launch its international division – NICE International – to deal with a growing number of enquiries from overseas health and social care bodies.

The division previously provided an advisory service to international organisations, ministries and government agencies to support the use of evidence-based decision making in health and social care systems.

The organisation is “delighted to be relaunching,” so that it can “share what we’ve learnt over the last 20 years to help other international health and care systems optimise their use of evidence-based practice,” explained Andrew Dillon, chief executive.

The initiative provides support in developing systems to improve health and social care evidence-based decision making, embed health technology assessment to allocate resources in a cost effective, transparent and equitable way as well as improve the quality of care and reduce variation of access.

It also works by drawing on links with academic partners and world-wide leading experts in the field of health technology assessment and evidence-based practice.

As a part of the launch, NICE International will work with clients to adapt guidelines for England for their healthcare system, as it is able to obtain funding directly from the client country, as well as being able to access funding from other public and charitable sources.