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Standards updates

NICE Evidence Updates and Guidance

NICE Evidence Updates help to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence, and keep health and social care professionals up-to-date with new research. While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance.

Published Evidence Updates can be browsed by date and specialty on the NICE webpages. This also gives details of evidence updates in progress.

If you want to be informed when new Evidence Updates are published, please send an email to and they will add you to their distribution list.

Latest Updates

Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding (Aug 2014)

The latest guidance, quality standards and consultations from NICE can also be found on their webpages.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) can be found on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website. The QPIs have been developed collaboratively with the three Regional Cancer Networks, Information Services Division (ISD), and Healthcare Improvement Scotland. QPIs will be kept under regular review and be responsive to changes in clinical practice and emerging evidence.

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) which is part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, develops and disseminates national clinical guidelines containing recommendations for effective practice based on current evidence.

Standards news and events

Are there aspects of hair loss which you feel could benefit from research?

If so, please take part in the Hair Loss Priority Setting Partnership Survey.

The survey is open from Monday 8th September until Friday 31st October.  Whether you have hair loss, look after someone with hair loss or treat hair loss, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard and your opinion count.  Get involved and help shape the direction of future research in to hair loss.  The survey can be found at the following link: 

Improving patient flow in Scotland

Significant work is being progressed across Scotland to improve patient flow. This national conference on 31st October will bring together colleagues from across Scotland to share and develop the knowledge and skills needed to improve patient flow.

The day will provide an opportunity to share best practice including presentations and posters from across Scotland. Please click here to view the draft agenda for the day and click here to register for the event.

Changes to the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD)

Following the implementation of the Certification of Death (Scotland) Act 2011, from 6th August 2014 only new Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) paper forms can be used in Scotland. The documents on this page provide further information on the detail of the changes to the form and some background to these changes which has been provided by Health Improvement Scotland.

Safe trainee changeover

The Academy and NHS Employers have developed a guide with recommendations for safe trainee changeover. It offers simple, practical recommendations that can be implemented in organisations to help mitigate the problems associated with simultaneous trainee changeover with the majority of junior doctors rotating to new training programmes during the first week of August.

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