Clinical policy consultations

The Clinical Policy programme responds to many consultations each year, focusing on areas that are key to primary care where we can make an impact on clinical practice. We respond to policy consultations issued by the UK government, health regulators, and national and international bodies, In 2019, 67% of our consultation responses made an impact on UK clinical policy. 

Our Clinical Advisers are integral to our work and offers GPs the chance to influence clinical policy and practice. If you would like to join our team, please apply to become a Clinical Adviser.  

Please find below a selection of our responses to major consultations. 


NICE Quality Standards

Rheumatoid arthritis in over 16s

Heavy menstrual bleeding


NICE guidelines

Abortion care

Cellulitis and erysipelas: antimicrobial prescribing

Hypertension in adults: diagnosis and management

Hypertension in pregnancy: diagnosis and management

Pneumonia (community-acquired): antimicrobial prescribing

 NICE quality standards

Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health

Child abuse and neglect


Hearing loss in adults

Learning disability: care and support of people growing older

Lung cancer

Lyme disease

Physical activity: encouraging activity in the community

 Sexual health

Suicide prevention

UK National Screening Committee

Department of Health and Social Care


NICE Quality Standards

Drug Misuse Prevention 

Eating disorders 

Emergency and acute medical care 


Intermediate Care including reablement 

Medicines management for people receiving social care in the community

Mental health of adults in contact with the criminal justice system

Oesophago-gastric cancer

Pancreatic cancer

Parkinson’s Disease 





Care of dying adults in the last days of life

Cerebral palsy in children and young people quality standard

Chronic kidney disease in adults: assessment and management 

End of life care for infants, children and young people

Haematological cancers

Healthy workplaces: improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing

HIV testing: encouraging uptake

Learning disabilities: identifying and managing mental health problems

Liver disease

Low back pain and sciatica



Oral health in care homes and hospitals

Physical Health of People in Prisons

Preterm labour and birth


Transition between inpatient mental health settings and community and care homes

Vaccine uptake in under 19s

Violent and Aggressive Behaviour in people with mental health problems



 Antenatal and postnatal mental health

 Antimicrobial stewardship 

 Breast Cancer

 Bronchiolitis in children

 Children’s attachment

 Chronic heart failure in adults

 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease  


Diabetes in pregnancy

 Early years: promoting health and wellbeing in under 5s  

 Food allergy

 Home care for older people

 Irritable bowel syndrome

 Motor neurone disease

 Multiple sclerosis

 Obesity in adults: prevention and lifestyle weight management programmes

 Obesity: clinical assessment and management

 Pneumonia in adults

 Preterm labour and birth

 Skin cancer

Social care for older people with multiple long-term conditions

 Stroke in adults



Alcohol: preventing harmful use in the community  

Bipolar disorder in adults  

Bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people

Drug allergy: diagnosis and management

Dyspepsia and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in adults


Inflammatory bowel disease

Intrapartum care

Managing medicines in care homes

Nutrition: improving maternal and child nutrition

Obesity in children and young people: prevention and lifestyle weight management programmes


Personality disorders: borderline and antisocial

Physical activity: for NHS staff, patients and carers

Pressure ulcers

Prostate cancer

Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults

Smoking: reducing and preventing tobacco use

Urinary incontinence in women

Urinary tract infections in adults


Antibiotics for neonatal infection

Antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people

Anxiety Disorders

Autism in adults and children

Bedwetting in children and young people

Constipation in children and young people

Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage

Fertility problems

Fever in under 5s

Head injury

Hepatitis B

Infection prevention and control

Jaundice in newborn babies under 28 days

Metastatic spinal cord compression

Peripheral arterial disease

Sickle cell disease


Atopic eczema in under 12s

Depression in children and young people

Epilepsy in adults

Epilepsy in children and young people

Familial hypercholesterolaemia

Headaches in over 12s

Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes

Smoking: supporting people to stop



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