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Health and Social Care Act 2012

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237Advice, guidance, information and recommendations

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(1)Regulations may confer functions on NICE in relation to the giving of advice or guidance, provision of information or making of recommendations about any matter concerning or connected with the provision of—

(a)NHS services,

(b)public health services, or

(c)social care in England.

(2)The regulations may provide that a function conferred under subsection (1)(a)

(a)is only exercisable on the direction of the Secretary of State or the Board;

(b)is subject to directions given by the Secretary of State or (as the case may be) the Board about NICE’s exercise of the function.

(3)The regulations may provide that a function conferred under subsection (1)(b) or (c)

(a)is only exercisable on the direction of the Secretary of State;

(b)is subject to directions given by the Secretary of State about NICE’s exercise of the function.

(4)Provision made under subsection (2)(b) or (3)(b) must not permit a direction to be given about the substance of advice, guidance or recommendations of NICE.

(5)The regulations may make provision about—

(a)the persons who may request or require that advice, guidance, information or recommendations be given, provided or (as the case may be) made by NICE,

(b)the publication or other dissemination of the advice, guidance, information or recommendations (whether by NICE, the Secretary of State or the Board), and

(c)the imposition by NICE of charges for or in connection with the giving of advice or guidance, provision of information or making of recommendations.

(6)Provision made under subsection (5)(c) may include provision for charges to be calculated on the basis NICE considers to be the appropriate commercial basis.

(7)The regulations must make provision about—

(a)the establishment by NICE of procedures for the giving of advice or guidance, provision of information or making of recommendations under the regulations, and

(b)consultation by NICE in establishing the procedures.

(8)The regulations may make provision requiring specified health or social care bodies, or health or social care bodies of a specified description, to—

(a)have regard to specified advice or guidance, or advice or guidance of a specified description, given by NICE pursuant to the regulations;

(b)comply with specified recommendations, or recommendations of a specified description, made by NICE pursuant to the regulations.

(9)Provision made under subsection (8) may require a specified body, or bodies of a specified description, to have regard to advice or guidance or to comply with recommendations—

(a)generally in the exercise of functions, or

(b)in the exercise of specified functions or functions of a specified description.

(10)But provision made under subsection (8) may impose a requirement on a local authority, or a description of local authorities, only if the requirement relates to—

(a)the exercise by an authority of any of its functions under section 2B or 111 of, or paragraphs 1 to 7B or 13 of Schedule 1 to, the National Health Service Act 2006;

(b)the exercise by an authority of any of its functions by virtue of section 6C(1) or (3) of that Act;

(c)anything done by an authority in pursuance of arrangements under section 7A of that Act.

(11)In this section—

  • “health or social care body” means any public body exercising functions in connection with the provision of health services or of social care in England;

  • “local authority” means—

    (a)

    a county council in England;

    (b)

    a district council in England, other than a council for a district in a county for which there is a county council;

    (c)

    a London borough council;

    (d)

    the Council of the Isles of Scilly;

    (e)

    the Common Council of the City of London;

  • ‘“public body” means a body or other person whose functions—

    (a)

    are of a public nature, or

    (b)

    include functions of that nature,

    but, in the latter case, the body or person is a public body to the extent only of those functions;

  • “specified” means specified in the regulations.

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