Clinical guidelines

The RCN no longer develops clinical guidelines but focuses now on supporting the development of guidelines through agencies such as NICE, and supporting implementation through developing online learning and resources.

The RCN works closely with the National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC) in supporting the development of clinical guidance. The NCGC is hosted by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and is led by Dr Ian Bullock, formerly Director of the NCC for Nursing and Supportive Care. The Centre is a multi-disciplinary health services research team funded by NICE. It produces evidence based clinical practice guidelines, which aim to improve the quality of patient care within the NHS in England and Wales. Visit: National Clinical Guideline Centre.

The RCN is involved in the development of all NICE guidelines. For further information see NICE consultation gateway.

This set of pages includes details of the clinical guidelines developed by the RCN in previous years in collaboration with stakeholders including other professional bodies, practitioner and patient advocate groups, and clinical guidelines which were developed by the former National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care (NCC-NSC) which was based within the RCN Institute. In April 2009, the NCC for Nursing and Supportive Care merged along with three other collaborating centres to form the National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC).

These guidelines are listed below and for each guideline you will find downloadable documents, information about the reviewing process and related resources.

If you would like to be involved in the development or update of NICE guidelines on behalf of the RCN, please email Caroline Rapu (caroline.rapu@rcn.org.uk), RCN Project Manager. For further information see also the NICE consultation gateway

For full details of each clinical guideline and its associated publications see:

For background information on clinical guidelines and their development, go to: more about clinical guidelines.