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Three receive NHS accreditation

Three health organisations are to be formally approved under the NHS Accreditation Scheme for their work demonstrating and implementing rigorous processes in developing high-quality staff guidance.

The accreditation was introduced to make sure all NHS staff could access the best information available online to help them make informed decisions about patient care.

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's Centres for Clinical Practice (NICE CCP) and Health Technology Evaluation (NICE CHTE) are the first to be approved by the scheme.

To receive NHS Evidence Accreditation, organisations must show they meet rigorous, internationally recognised criteria - such as clear use of language in guidance.

Mike O'Brien, MP, Minister of State for Health said: "The NHS Evidence Accreditation Scheme will ensure that all of the content on NHS Evidence is to the highest possible quality, and I have no doubt that as a result NHS Evidence will continue to go from strength to strength."

Jim Blair, Consultant Nurse in Learning Disabilities, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust and Senior Lecturer Learning Disabilities, Kingston University/St George's University of London said: "NHS Evidence Accreditation provides me with confidence that I can quickly and easily access quality-assured information to provide the highest standard of care to my patients - this has to be a good thing."

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