The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published new or updated guidance for the month of January 2020. This month there are two guidelines that impact upon primary care.
The Supporting adult carers guideline has been published. It covers support for adults (aged 18 and over) who provide unpaid care for anyone aged 16 or over with health or social care needs. It aims to improve the lives of carers by helping health and social care practitioners identify people who are caring for someone and give them the right information and support. It covers carers' assessments, practical, emotional and social support and training, and support for carers providing end of life care.
The Colorectal cancer guideline has been published. It covers managing colorectal cancer in people aged 18 and over. It aims to improve quality of life and survival for adults with colorectal cancer through management of local disease and management of secondary tumours (metastatic disease).
Action: Clinicians should be aware of this month's new guidance and implement any necessary changes to practice.