Guidelines

Velindre NHS Trust have launched a new App to provide NHS staff with rapid access to emergency protocols when treating cancer patients as an unplanned emergency. Find out more.

All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) brings together relevant healthcare consultants and key organisations to form expert panels for the consideration of a variety of issues relating to medicines management. 

The All Wales Prescribing Advisory Group (AWPAG), a subgroup of AWMSG, advises AWMSG on clinical developments relating to medicines use in Wales.  The AWMSG work programme is further supported by the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre (AWTTC), which includes the Welsh Analytical Prescribing Support Unit (WAPSU). 

AWMSG are committed to ensuring equity of access to the most appropriate and cost-effective medicines for the people of Wales. Through monitoring prescribing patterns, reviewing the literature and identifying examples of best practice, AWMSG aim to provide service users in NHS Wales with useful resources to achieve this.  

The newly launched BNF & BNFC App can be downloaded from the Apple Appstore and Google Play Store and is now free to download without an OpenAthens account.

NHS Wales users can access the BNF either via NICE or Medicines Complete

British National Formulary via NICE

British National Formulary via Medicines Complete (access on NHS Wales site or within the NHS Wales network only)

NHS Wales staff can access the BNFc either via NICE or Medicines Complete

British National Formulary for Children via NICE

British National Formulary for Children via Medicines Complete (access on NHS Wales site or within the NHS Wales network only)

iRefer is the essential radiological investigation guidelines tool, from The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR). iRefer helps referring GPs, radiographers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals to determine the most appropriate imaging investigation(s) or intervention for patients. It provides practical guidance based on the best available evidence.

iRefer is only accessible on-site. To access iRefer NHS Wales employees and contract holders must first read the below terms and conditions. Once you have read and agreed to these please continue by clicking the 'I agree' button below.

Once the webpage loads you will either need to click the green 'log in automatically' box or the purple 'access iRefer online' box 

iRefer terms and conditions

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

NICE provides evidence-based national clinical guidelines and advice to help improve health and social care. Below, you will find links to specific areas of their website where content is free to access.

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries

NICE CKS service provides primary care practitioners with a readily accessible summary of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice in respect of over 330 common and/or significant primary care presentations

NICE Evidence Search

Search here for evidence to help support patient care. NICE Evidence search searches across a range of publications from the British National Formulary, Clinical Knowledge Summaries, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network: SIGN, Cochrane Library, Royal Colleges, Social Care Online and GOV.UK.

Please Note: The journals and databases section is only available to NHS Staff in England. You can access journals via NHS Wales e-Library for Health A-Z Journal List and the selection of subscribed databases.

NICE Guidance

Find guidance and advice on conditions and diseases, health protection, lifestyle and wellbeing, population groups and service delivery, organisation and staffing.

NICE Pathways

Provides the guidance in an easy to read, interactive flowchart.

NICE Standards and Indicators

Quality standards set out priorities for quality improvement. Useful for commissioners, service providers, health, public health and social care practitioners and regulators.

Wales Pathology Handbook (WPH) is a knowledge service within the Welsh national information architecture.

It provides national and local catalogues of requestable tests, rules and guidance for electronic requesting (via the Welsh Clinical Portal (WCP) and GP systems) and a web-based knowledge resource for all clinical staff.

The introduction of the new national Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for Wales means that the operational WPH needs to be reviewed and updated to ensure that it is fit for purpose in the future environment.

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland Guidelines

Search for guidelines, newsletters and standards from the AAGBI

Making Choices Together / 1000 Lives

Making Choices Together part of the Choosing Wisely Wales Partnership is the Welsh arm of an international movement promoting wise choices in healthcare with a particular focus on shared decision-making. 

Palliative Care Guidelines

Developed by a collaboration of UK Cancer Networks and the Welsh Palliative Care Implementation Group.

Royal College of Anaesthetists: Clinical Quality, Standards and Safety Publications

Guidelines and publications produced by the college applicable to all UK public and independent healthcare environments.

Royal College of Emergency Medicine Clinical Standards and Guidance

Access free standards and guidance produced by the Quality in Emergency Care Committee of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

Royal College of General Practitioners Clinical Resources

Search through a range of clinical resources to support GP's, healthcare professionals and patients.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Guidelines

Access to guidelines procuced by the college detailing recognised methods and techniques for clinical practice, based on published evidence, for consideration by obstetricians/gynaecologists and other healthcare professionals.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Endorsed and Supported Clinical Guidelines

High quality guidelines and standards produced and published by other organisations that are supported or endorsed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Royal College of Physicians Guidelines & Policy

Consultations, tools, policy and guidance produced by the college

Royal College of Radiologists Publications

Find a range of publications including standards for the delivery of high-quality oncology services, guidance on good practice and workforce reports.

Royal College of Surgeons Standards & Research

Access good practice, standards, guidance and research produced by the Royal College of Surgeons.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network: SIGN

Clinical guidelines produced for the NHS in Scotland

UK Blood Transfusion & Tissue Transplantation Guidelines

This site will be particularly useful for pharmacists, nurses and staff prescribing blood products.

WISDOM

WISDOM aims to provide healthcare staff and students in Wales with access to knowledge in the specialities of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Midwifery.

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures provides up-to-date, evidence-based clinical skills procedures related to essential aspects of a person’s care.

You can also use it for revalidation and the Royal Marsden have put together video explaining how.

Access the Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

Not sure how to use it? follow these instructional videos.