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Forum Focus: how you can influence evidence-based guidance

Cancer nurses can contribute to policy development, such as the consultation on the drugs fund

Nurses working in cancer care at all levels have many opportunities to inform and influence policy. One of these is through the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) or the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN).

The primary aim of NICE and SIGN is to improve the quality of patient care through evidence-based guidance, and it is essential that nurses help inform this process. The RCN acts as a consultee and stakeholder for all NICE work programmes of relevance to nurses and the cancer and breast care forum contributes, where it can, to different calls that come out.

As one of the busiest programmes, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. You can contact the RCN directly and represent the organisation or register through the NICE website as a stakeholder, comment on a consultation, join a committee, go to a meeting,

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