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RCOG statement: RCOG launches new national guideline development centre

News 1 April 2016

The RCOG is pleased to announce the launch of the National Guideline Alliance, a new guideline development centre commissioned to produce guidelines on behalf of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

In June 2015, the RCOG was awarded a six year contract by NICE to bring together the work of the preceding National Collaborating Centres; the NCC for Women's and Children's Health (NCC-WCH) already hosted by the RCOG, the NCC for Cancer (NCC-C), previously based at the Velindre NHS Trust, Cardiff; and the NICE component of the NCC for Mental Health (NCC-MH), previously based at the Royal College of Psychiatrists to create a single, multi-disciplinary centre.

Developing fifteen guidelines at any one time, the National Guideline Alliance aims to improve the quality of NHS care through evidence-based standards and recommendations for healthcare professionals, patients and carers on the prevention, treatment and care of people with specific conditions.

Dr David Richmond, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said:

“Using the best available evidence to develop recommendations that guide decisions in health, public health and social care, NICE guidelines represent the gold standard of clinical guidelines globally.

“One of the RCOG’s principle aims is to set standards to improve health and clinical practice in women’s health in the British Isles and across the world. We have already been developing guidelines for women and children’s health through the NCC-WCH and are committed to working closely with NICE to deliver guidelines in other clinical practice areas which are instrumental in ensuring that standards are evidence-based as well as advocating the highest quality of patient care.”

Professor Alan Cameron, RCOG Vice President of Clinical Quality, added:

“We are proud to be involved in this project and the new centre is a testimony to the fantastic team we already had in place here at the RCOG, the professionalism of our staff and the quality product that we have consistently delivered.

“The centre will be one of the largest clinical guideline development organisations in the world comprising of a mix of clinical leadership, technical experts, project managers and administrative support. We are also committed to working collaboratively with our external partners to ensure our guidelines remain of the highest standard and continue to meet our ultimate aim, improving patient care.”


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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond. It is dedicated to encouraging the study and advancing the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. It does this through postgraduate medical education and training and the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision.

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