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Welcome to the NPC legacy site


The NPC became part of NICE in April 2011. In the 12 months since, we have been working with colleagues across the organisation to fully integrate our products and services into the overall NICE work programme.

During this transition period some change has been necessary to best align the work of the NPC with the NICE portfolio. This has included, revising the production processes for the development of future outputs so that they are easily identifiable as NICE products and also continue to be recognised and valued by our existing audience.

From 15th May 2012, the team delivering the work of the NPC will form the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre and will sit alongside the Clinical Guidelines team within the Centre for Clinical Practice. The primary objective of the Medicines and Prescribing Centre will continue to be the provision of support for those using medicines across the NHS, including information on medicines, prescribing advice, training and education, governance and decision-making. All future Medicines and prescribing outputs will be published on the NICE website and signposted from the Medicines and prescribing homepage.

Although no new Medicines and prescribing content will be published to the NPC legacy website, the extensive catalogue of existing publications, resources and e-learning materials will still be available to view and download for as long as the information contained within them remains accurate and up-to-date.

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QIPP update


Update of QIPP
– medicines management options for local implementation

The latest update of the NPC’s Key therapeutic topics – Medicines management options for local implementation has now been published (April 2012). This update contains revised options reflecting progress made in some of these areas, and changing circumstances and priorities.


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Prescriber's Competency Framework


The NPC has published A single competency framework for all prescribers.


Having previously published prescribing competency frameworks for each of the non-medical prescribing professions, it is now clear that a common set of competencies underpin good prescribing regardless of professional background.


This framework consolidates the existing profession specific prescribing frameworks and updates the competencies in order to provide a single common framework that is relevant to doctors, dentists and non-medical prescribers.


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Medicines and Prescribing
Medicines and Prescribing at NICE
NPC Plus closes on 31st July 2012
A planned review of NPC Plus, a partnership between NICE and Keele University, has been completed...View more

e-Learning refers to any education supported by the use of information and communication technology. Read more

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