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NICE Guidance - November 2015

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published new guidance for the month of November 2015. This month there are two clinical guidelines and one technology appraisal that impact upon primary care.

The Menopause: diagnosis and management guideline covers the diagnosis and management of menopause, including in women who have premature ovarian insufficiency. The guideline aims to improve the consistency of support and information provided to women in menopause.

The Older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions guideline covers planning and delivering social care and support for older people who have multiple long-term conditions. It promotes an integrated and person-centred approach to delivering effective health and social care services.

The Vortioxetine technology appraisal recommends this treatment as a possible option for adults having a first or recurrent major depressive episode, if the current episode has not responded to two antidepressants.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of this month's new guidance and implement any necessary changes to practice.

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