Using NICE guidance and resources to evidence CPD

Published: 17/09/2020

Author: Charlotte Goulding

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has developed a range of open access resources and guidance which can be used by social workers to evidence continuing professional development (CPD).

We are sharing these resources to support Research in Practice Partners in recording and evidencing their CPD.

The resources aim to support social workers who want to make greater use of evidence and to inform their work. Specialist topics include responding to domestic violence and abuse, supporting autistic people, and strengths-based practice. In addition shared learning case studies feature real-world examples from practitioners.

Using NICE guidance in social work

A recent blog demonstrates how NICE resources can be used to evidence your CPD. In addition by using NICE guidance in social work you can read a range of scenarios across social work practice in families and relationship settings, mental health services, services for people with learning disabilities and services for older people. Each scenario includes suggested actions that social workers could take, and signposts to the relevant NICE guidelines and quality standards. 

Several examples for principal social workers also show how children’s and adults’ principal social workers can use NICE guidelines to strengthen their leadership. This resource also covers using NICE guidelines to create positive workplaces for social workers.

Quick guides

NICE’s ‘quick guides’ summarise key information about social care topics in a concise and quick-to-read format. They can be used for staff training, supporting people who use social care services, and conversations with health and care professionals.

Our quick guides for social workers:

Podcasts and webinars

Our podcast on how social workers can evidence CPD allows you to listen to a range of leaders in social work talking about creative approaches to CPD, its importance to practice and how to evidence CPD in social work. Several other podcasts and webinars cover key topics such as domestic violence, working with autistic adults and strengths-based approaches: 

Recognising and sharing best practice

Our shared learning case studies feature real-world examples from practitioners who have used NICE guidance and quality standards to change or influence their service.

Examples of shared learning case studies which relate to social work practice include:

Every case study approved by NICE is added to our searchable collection and automatically considered for the NICE shared learning awards.​


NICE welcomes feedback on our resources. To share feedback or to discuss your ideas for a shared learning example, please email socialcare@nice.org.uk.​

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CPD recording, registration and regulation

It’s important to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to enhance your professional attributes, knowledge, understanding and skills. Our resources provide guidance of the recording, registration and regulation of CPD.
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Charlotte Goulding

Charlotte Goulding

Charlotte Goulding is the social care policy and practice support manager for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence. Before joining NICE Charlotte worked as a social worker, practice educator and best interests assessor.