National Institute of Clinical Excellence

New guidelines for cerebral palsy

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the UK has published its first guidelines for cerebral palsy, concentrating on the causes and treatment.

https://cerebralpalsynewstoday.com/2017/01/27/nice-publishes-first-cerebral-palsy-guideline-improve-diagnosis-treatment/

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. In April 2013 NICE was  established in primary legislation, becoming a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and placing it on a solid statutory footing as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, accountable to the Government Department of Health.

The new guideline, “Cerebral palsy in under 25s: assessment and management,” covers diagnosing, assessing, and managing CP in children and young adults from birth to age 25. Its goal is to ensure that cerebral palsy patients receive the care and treatment they need so they can be as active and independent as possible.

A press release about the guidelines can be found at

https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/nice-seeks-to-improve-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-cerebral-palsy

Guidelines on adults with cerebral palsy is expected in early 2019 – quite a long time to wait.