NICE - Public Health Guidance

NICE Public Health Guidance makes recommendations for populations and individuals on activities, policies and strategies that can help prevent disease or improve health. The guidance may focus on a particular topic (such as smoking), a particular population (such as schoolchildren) or a particular setting (such as the workplace).


It is important to note that the advice contained within the guidance does not override or replace the individual responsibility of health professionals to make appropriate decisions in the circumstances of their individual patients, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer. This would, for example, include situations where individual patients have other conditions or complications that need to be taken into account in determining whether the NICE guidance is fully appropriate in their case.

DoH Process for Endorsement of Public Health Guidance 

The Department has reviewed its process for the endorsement, implementation, monitoring and assurance of NICE Public Health Guidance in Northern Ireland.  The arrangements for the endorsement, implementation, monitoring and assurance of NICE Public Health Guidance in Northern Ireland are detailed in the following circular, which is effective from 1st April 2022

For information, details of the previous arrangement can be found in the following circulars:

The following Public Health Guidance has been endorsed by DoH: 

May 2023

NG223 - Social, emotional and mental wellbeing in primary and secondary education

April 2023

NG183 - Behaviour change: digital and mobile health interventions

March 2023

NG209 - Tobacco: preventing uptake, promoting quitting and treating dependence

‘Note this guidance updates and replaces NICE Public Health Guideline NG92, endorsed by the DoH in July 2018.’

July 2020 

PH43 - Hepatitis B and C testing: people at risk of infection

February 2020

NG 146 - Workplace health: long-term sickness absence and capability to work

October 2019

NG 135 - Alcohol interventions in secondary and further education

October 2018

NG 103 - Flu vaccination: increasing uptake

July 2018

NG92 - Stop smoking interventions and services

‘Note this guidance has been updated and replaced by NG209 - Tobacco: preventing uptake, promoting quitting and treating dependence, endorsed by the DoH in March 2023.

June 2018

NG90 - Physical activity and the environment

January 2018

NG63 - Antimicrobial stewardship: changing risk-related behaviours in the general population 

May 2017

NG60 - HIV testing: increasing uptake among people who may have undiagnosed HIV

PH51 - Contraceptive Services for Under 25s

NG64 - Drug misuse prevention: targeted interventions

NG68 - Sexually transmitted infections: condom distribution schemes

April 2017

NG58 - Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse: community health and social care services

January 2017

NG 55 - Harmful sexual behaviour in among children and young people

October 2016

NG 48 - Oral Health for Adults in Care Homes

September 2016

PH53 - Weight management: lifestyle services for overweight or obese adults

August 2016

PH52 - Needle and Syringe Programmes

PH54 - Physical activity: Exercise Referral Schemes 

June 2016

PH 38 - Type 2 diabetes: prevention in people at high risk

PH55 - Oral Health: local authorities and partners

NG30 - Oral health promotion: general dental practice

NG32 - Older people: independence and mental wellbeing

May 2016

NG 13 - Workplace health: management practices

April 2016

PH56 - Vitamin D: increasing supplement use among at-risk groups

NG34 - Sunlight Exposure: Risks and Benefits 

PH50 - Domestic violence and abuse: multi-agency working

NG16 - Dementia, disability and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to delay or prevent onset

PH35 - Type 2 diabetes prevention: population and community-level interventions

NG 44 - Community engagement: improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities

February 2016

NG6 - Excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold homes 

PH49 - Behaviour change: individual approaches

NG7 - Preventing excess weight gain 

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