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Professor Gillian Leng National Institute for Health and Care Excellence presenting today on Bringing clarity to Clinical Effectiveness Standards

Professor Gillian Leng Deputy Chief Executive Director of Health & Social Care National Institute for Health and Care Excellence discusses Bringing clarity to Clinical Effectiveness Standards: 

  • ensuring effective care delivered in line with recognised, evidence-based guidelines
  • demonstrating effectiveness against NICE standards
  • confirming best practice: developing clinical effectiveness standards for best NHS practice in key clinical areas
  • NHS Evidence: delivering a one-stop-shop for clinical and non-clinical evidence, as well as guidance on best practice for delivering high quality care
  • developing and implementing quality standards in your organisation or directorate

In his presentation Professor Gillian Leng states: 

"NICE guidelines give clinicians a clear framework for responsible action and should deter unprofessional and irresponsible action."

"Departure from standard practice is not prevented in law and there should not be a fear of litigation if:

  • appropriate safeguards are in place
  • the patient fully understands the risks and benefits
  • the patient gives informed consent"

"Quality Statement 6 – you can’t measure if you can’t  manage"

"Clinical guidelines set out best practice for discussion between professional and patient"

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Gillian Leng is the Deputy Chief Executive at NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and a visiting professor at King’s College London.

Gillian trained in medicine at Leeds, and then spent several years researching the epidemiology of peripheral vascular disease at Edinburgh University.  She was involved in the Cochrane Collaboration as it first became established, and still contributes as an editor to the EPOC Group (Effective Practice and Organisation of Care).  She specialised in public health medicine, and worked as a consultant before moving to NICE in 2001.

At NICE, Gillian has been responsible for the initial set up and running of the clinical guidelines programme, for establishing the NICE implementation function, and for setting up NHS Evidence.  More recently she has been responsible for establishing the NICE accreditation programme, for new work on Quality Standards and for setting up NICE’s programme on safe staffing.

Events of interest:

Preparing for & learning from the new CQC Inspections in Independent Healthcare
Monday 19 January 2015, London

Measuring and Monitoring Quality
Tuesday 20 January 2015, London

Download: Professor Gillian Leng Full Presentation

25 November 2014


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