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About Guidelines

Guidelines provides concise clinical guideline summaries of major primary and shared care guidelines in the UK. Additionally, European guidelines from some of the major independent professional bodies are also summarised and included.

Summaries of guidelines from NICE, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), independent professional bodies, and expert-led working party groups are developed for use in clinical practice. Summaries often include treatment/management algorithms with helpful diagnostic questions, thereby presenting management information in a succinct visual format. Summaries are colour-coded as follows:

Colour Key:  

  Independent professional body guideline   Working party guideline

  SIGN guideline   DH guideline

  Others   NICE guideline

The Guidelines team works closely with many organisations to ensure that all summaries are developed and reproduced with permission from the original guideline development group. Summaries of NICE guidelines are developed using the exact wording from the source document—this is done with permission from NICE. We suggest that when reading any summaries of NICE guidelines you also refer to any relevant NICE Technology Appraisal guidance: see

You can access Guidelines summaries wherever and whenever you need; whether it is to keep up-to-date with guidance, or to use during a patient consultation or home visit. Content is available via all media channels with the most recent and most popular summaries published in the handbook, and the full list of summaries available:

  • online at (where you can also track your guidance-related CPD)
  • via the Guidelines app, which is updated monthly and does not require an internet connection once downloaded.

All Guidelines summaries are reviewed and signed-off as current by the original guideline development group at least once each year.

Why register

Registration is free (for all UK-based healthcare professionals) and you will gain full access to content online and on the app, including the features below:

  • Read clinical guideline summaries for primary and shared care online and on the go
  • Access our sister site
  • Earn CPD credits–keep track of your reading and record your own reflective notes
  • View upcoming guidance on the guidance tracker
  • Receive our regular bulletin containing all the latest guidance information
  • Download educational resources.

Once you have registered with Guidelines you will receive an email asking you to activate your account. Within your account you will be able to update your areas of interest and responsibilities, which will ensure we bring you the most relevant content.

Guidelines app

The Guidelines app is free to download and all of the content is easily accessible using your account details. The app contains all the content from the Guidelines handbook plus additional summaries from

To gain access to all of the content, simply enter your email address and Guidelines password within the login section.

Forgotten your password? Click here

Do not have a Guidelines account? Register here

If you are not a UK-based healthcare professional the following subscription options are available:

  • 12-month auto-renewing subscription £49.99
  • 12-month subscription £49.99
  • 6-month subscription £26.99
  • current edition without additional updates £10.49
  • 1-month auto-renewing subscription £5.99

Key features of the Guidelines app include:

  • ·    respected updated content
  • ·    quick access to summaries in just three taps
  • ·    iPhone and android phone- and tablet-compatible
  • ·    fully searchable
  • ·    notifications when new summaries are published–all within the app
  • ·    bookmark feature to keep track of most used/favourite summaries
  • ·    notes feature to annotate relevant summaries.

Getting your guideline published

Guidelines contains summaries of national and European guidelines. Guidelines published by NICE and SIGN are included, as are guidelines produced by independent professional bodies.

However, because a number of clinical areas are not covered by current national guidance, working party guidelines are also considered for inclusion in Guidelines. Working party guidelines are required to meet the following criteria:

  • they must be drawn up by a multidisciplinary group including at least one GP
  • the members of the group should be drawn from several geographical locations
  • the content of the guideline must be independent of, and not influenced by, commercial sponsorship of the working party
  • a guideline should represent a clinical area rather than a drug or class of drugs.

If you have produced, or are aware of, any guidelines not currently published by Guidelines, please contact the editorial team.

Contact us by:


Natalie Hayeem
MGP House
East Street

Guidelines team

Natalie Hayeem: Editor


Mona Munonyara: Assistant editor


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