Where can you find official care and treatment guidelines?

Find out if you are getting the care you should, by accessing national or local guidelines.

You can check whether your NHS treatment or medication follows national or local guidelines, to help you check if you are getting the care you should.

These guidelines are drawn up after experts have checked all the available clinical evidence about how good treatments are. Some guidelines will also be based on funding decisions.

The main national guidance is published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE gives very detailed guidance to the NHS and doctors about how certain conditions and disease should be diagnosed, treated, or managed.

Look at NICE guidelines

People can also get guidance on 'What to expect from a good care service', from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent national body that inspects NHS services and which can take action such as ordering improvements or closing down failing services.

Go to CQC guidance

The organisation that funds and plans NHS services for people in Reading (Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group) also publishes information on what NHS services they will not normally fund and how people can apply for an individual decision about their treatment.

Look at local policies