Robert Neill – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Department of Health

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Robert Neill on 2015-10-19.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which organisation provides the secretariat for the NICE Implementation Collaborative; what the Collaborative’s current priorities and work programmes are; what funding the Collaborative has received from the public purse since it was established; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised that it has provided the secretariat function for the NICE Implementation Collaborative (NIC) since January 2014 as part of a wider memorandum of understanding with NHS England. This year, the NIC agreed to undertake work in the following four areas, each of which was agreed because of their potential to generate learning about how to support uptake of NICE guidance:

– Improving patient outcomes for patients with non ST Elevation acute Coronary Syndromes;

– Improving Tuberculosis screening and data collection across health and social care;

– Identifying appropriate treatment pathways for people with moderate alcohol consumption across health and social care; and

– Increasing the knowledge base about the factors that increase use of technologies building on previous National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research.

NHS England has responsibility for funding any project costs and projects liaise with NHS England to access these funds.

NHS England has advised that it provided £4,000 in 2014-15 and up to £10,000 in 2015-16.