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NICE nurse research centre to merge

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Nursing and supportive care research centre to be part of ‘one of the largest clinical guideline centres in the world’.

The four National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) that produce clinical guidelines for NICE are to merge to form the National Clinical Guideline Centre.

The merger aims to create an organisation that will gain an international reputation for developing high quality and clinically relevant guidance. It replaces the four former NCCs:

Acute Conditions (based at the Royal College of Surgeons)

Chronic Conditions (based at the RCP)

Nursing and Supportive Care (based at the RCN)

Primary Care (based at the RCGP)

Fergus Macbeth, director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE, said: ‘The merging of four NCCs into one centre will provide the flexibility and responsiveness needed to produce clinical guidelines of a consistently high quality.

‘It will allow NICE to continue accessing the highest standards of clinical leadership, project management and methodological input - key elements in producing guidelines that are robust, credible and timely,’ he added.

The NCGC, which will be launched officially on 1 April, will be led by Dr Ian Bullock, formerly director of the NCC for Nursing and Supportive Care. 

Dr Bullock said: ‘I am excited at this opportunity to lead this large group of highly talented clinical and academic researchers. Our primary aim is to work with patients and healthcare professionals in improving the quality and consistency of patient care, and to make a real and lasting difference to patient experience when receiving NHS care.’ 

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