NICE Guidelines

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is an independent organisation, responsible for providing the national guidance that promotes good health and the prevention and treatment of all illnesses. They set out a series of national frameworks for good practice in the treatment of a variety of problems based on analysis of the cost-effectiveness of treatments.

The NICE guidelines cover many medical disorders including anxiety disorders. They set out what each person who has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder is  entitled to in terms of health care. This guidance should be followed by GPs and they should be offering treatments that are recommended for the diagnosed condition. Being aware of this guidance means that individuals will know what treatments have the best evidence to back them up and also what what has been found to be most effective when used for certain conditions.

These guidelines can also offer more clarity to an individual and mean that if they are not satisfied with the medical care they are receiving they are able to find out exactly what they should be provided with. Copies of the guidance can be downloaded from the NICE website or hard copies can be requested free of charge. The website address is www.nice.org.uk.

To access NICE guidelines please click on the following links: 

Cookie Law

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A new law on cookies demands that you, as a website user, are given the opportunity to understand how cookies are used on our websites and consent to cookies being stored on your computer (laptop/mobile/tablet).

What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to your computer when you access websites. Typically, they contain the following information: a site name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie's abilities and effects, and a random number. As a rule, cookies cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.

When you visit a website that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your computer. The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website. The website then notes that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. They also might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes.

Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder. Without cookies, some websites will become less interactive with the cookie option turned off.

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Exceptions
There are some exemptions to the above where it is essential for a website to store information on your computer, for example, to provide a service to you that you have requested.

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Further information can be found at http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/cookies.aspx and http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.