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NICE Guidance - January 2017

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published new or updated guidance for the month of January 2017. This month there are two guidelines that impact upon primary care.

The Cerebral palsy in under 25s guideline covers diagnosing, assessing and managing cerebral palsy in children and young people from birth up to their 25th birthday. It aims to make sure they get the care and treatment they need for the developmental and clinical co-morbidities associated with cerebral palsy, so that they can be as active and independent as possible.

The Antimicrobial stewardship guideline covers making people aware of how to correctly use antimicrobial medicines (including antibiotics) and the dangers associated with their overuse and misuse. It also includes measures to prevent and control infection that can stop people needing antimicrobials or spreading infection to others. It aims to change people’s behaviour to reduce antimicrobial resistance and the spread of resistant microbes.

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