Prohealth.com published this rather damning comparison of NICE recommendations when compared to what was actually delivered. The headline observations included:
“National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend referral to specialist services:
• Immediately if severely affected,
• Within 3 months if moderately affected
• And within 6 months if mildly affected.
However, the median time-to-assessment by a specialist service in the UK is 18 months.”