The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.

NICE guidelines are applicable to England and Wales, and Northern Ireland is able to adopt them if they wish. There are a number of NICE guidelines that are relevant to the NCT’s work, listed below.
There is an Evidence Search page provided by NICE which allows you to search by topic This was formerly known as NHS Evidence. NICE produces Evidence Updates to provide a straightforward and succinct overview of significant new research and evidence published since the literature search was last conducted for the accredited guidance it updates. These are included below.

See also the new online tool called NICE Pathways below.


Antenatal care: routine care for the healthy pregnant woman
Quality standard for antenatal care
Multiple pregnancy: the management of twin and triplet pregnancies in the antenatal period
Multiple pregnancy : quality standards
Pregnancy and complex social factors

Hypertension in pregnancy: the management of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy

Diabetes in pregnancy: management of diabetes and its complications from pre-conception to the postnatal period
Dietary interventions and physical activity interventions for weight management before, during and after pregnancy

Pregnancy (rhesus negative women) - routine anti-D (review)


Intrapartum care: care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth
Induction of labour

Caesarean section
Caesarean section: Evidence update

Postnatal care

Postnatal care: quality standards
Postnatal care: routine postnatal care of women and their babies

Feeding babies

Division of ankyloglossia (tongue tie) for breastfeeding
Donor breast milk banks: the operation of donor milk bank services


Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: recognition, diagnosis and management in children and young people
Neonatal jaundice
Antibiotics for early-onset neonatal infection
Social and emotional wellbeing: early years

Public health

Smoking cessation in secondary care: acute, maternity and mental health services
Domestic violence and abuse: how health services, social care and the organisations they work with can respond effectively
Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance
Maternal and child nutrition

Quitting smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth

NICE Pathways

NICE Pathways is a new online tool which provides quick and easy access, topic by topic, to a range of guidance from NICE, including quality standards, technology appraisals, clinical and public health guidance and NICE implementation tools. Simple to navigate, NICE Pathways allows you to explore in increasing detail NICE recommendations and advice. Choose from the following list of pathways relevant to NCT: diabetes in pregnancy, neonatal jaundice and postnatal care.