National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Autism spectrum disorders in children and young people: recognition, referral and diagnosis
This NICE guideline makes recommendations towards the establishment of local multi-disciplinary teams to improve the diagnosis and assessment of children and young people with autism.
What are clinical guidelines?
Clinical guidelines aim to help health professionals and patients make the best decisions about treatment or care for a particular condition or situation. Authors review the research literature and take advice from experts to include the current evidence on which to base their guidelines recomendations. Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are encouraged to follow clinical guidelines where appropriate.
Where can I find guidelines:
Patient UK at http://www.patient.co.uk/guidelines.asp
Who writes clinical guidelines for the UK?
Here are some of the main UK organisations involved in publishing guidelines:
A set of guidance on clinical governance is being developed for clinical governance practitioners, including clinical governance leads in commissioners and providers, leaders of clinical divisions and teams, and individual clinicians.
Over 4,000 people are diagnosed with new cases of brain or central nervous system (CNS) cancer every year in the UK.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
Management of sickle-cell disease in pregnancy
These guidelines recommend that each hospital should have a protocol for the management of pregnant women with the condition and that a multidisciplinary team consisting of an obstetrician, a midwife and a haematologist should be available.