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Site overview

Utility menu

The utility menu can be found at the top right of every screen and provides you with the ability to easily navigate between NICE pathways or to access the site help and general information.

Browse pathways

Select to view a list of all NICE Pathways currently available on the site. Select a pathway from the list to navigate to the starting point for that pathway.

About NICE Pathways

Select to read more about NICE Pathways

Help

Select to access the NICE Pathways site help

Home

Select to return to the NICE Pathways homepage

Pathway menu

The pathway menu gives you access to any general information which relates to the entire pathway currently being accessed.

Pathway information

Select pathway information to access content which relates to the selected pathway. Pathway information will always include the following:
  • Introduction – explaining the background and purpose of the information provided within the selected NICE pathway.
  • Change history – giving you information regarding important updates to the pathway.
In addition to these standard items the pathway information menu may also present the following items where available for the selected pathway:
  • Understanding NICE guidance – Links to the Understanding NICE guidance products which relate to the source guidance used to develop the currently viewed NICE path
The pathway information menu may also list other content which is specific to the selected pathway, but which are relevant to the entire pathway topic rather than any specific section or node within the pathway.

Implementation

Select this menu to present a list of all types of implementation tools (e.g. costing template, slide-set etc.) that NICE has published to assist in implementing guidance included within the currently viewed pathway.
Selecting any available category will present a complete list of the selected type of implementation tool for that category. These will be displayed in the reading panel.
Each listed implementation tool includes a link. Select the link to view the product(s) that you are interested in. These will open in a new browser window.
In addition to the implementation tools a list of the key priorities for implementation is also provided. This is a full list of all key priorities taken from the source guidance used to develop the currently viewed NICE pathway.

Guidance

Select this menu to access either a list of source guidance or a list of related guidance for the current pathway:
  • Source guidance – This menu item provides access to a complete list of the NICE guidance from which content has been used to author the currently selected NICE pathway content.
  • Related guidance – This menu item provides access to a complete list of the NICE guidance which is referred to from any part of the currently selected NICE pathway, but which does not contribute any content to the information presented within the selected NICE Pathway.
The selected lists appear in the reading pane on the right of the screen.

Quality Standards

Select this menu to see a list of all of the currently published quality standards that are associated with the selected pathway. A separate menu item is presented for each quality standard.
Selecting the quality standard will present you with a list of the individual quality standard statements within the reading pane.
Select a quality standard statement to display the detail of the statement.
Select Back to return to the previous menu / view of all quality standard statements.
(Tip – The reading pane can be expanded to view larger amounts of content. Simply select and drag the edge of the reading panel to the desired width)

Path / canvas

When selecting to explore any NICE pathway you will be presented with an initial path which is formed from a number of text boxes (nodes) displayed on the main part of the screen. The main area containing the path is referred to as the canvas.

Dragging the canvas

When the entire path cannot be displayed on the screen at once, select the canvas and move your pointer to drag the canvas to ensure the area of the path which you want to view is clearly displayed. The canvas can be dragged either horizontally or vertically.
When using a mouse with a scroll wheel it is also possible to reposition the canvas vertically by scrolling the wheel.
Horizontal and vertical scroll bars are included at the bottom and the right side of the visible part of the path only when path content exceeds the screen boundary.

Reading panel

The reading panel appears on the right hand side of the screen and is where richer information is displayed. The information presented relates to your selections either from the pathway menu or by selecting Interactive nodes within the paths.

Working with the reading panel

The reading panel will open automatically for you when you select a menu or an interactive node which contains detailed information.
The reading panel can also be opened or closed manually by selecting the open/close button located at the top of the reading panel.
When open, the reading panel can be resized by selecting and dragging the edge of the panel to the desired width. This is useful when displaying varying amounts of information within the panel or when displaying larger paths.
The reading panel will always display content relating to your last menu or interactive node selection.

Reading panel menu

When selecting an interactive node the reading panel will display recommendation text or further explanatory text associated with the selected node. In addition, a menu will also be displayed at the bottom of the reading panel. This menu allows you to navigate easily through the types of content and NICE products which are specifically associated with the selected node. The menu may contain any of the following items depending on the available content:
  1. Key priorities for implementation
  2. Implementation
  3. Related guidance
  4. Source guidance
Selecting a menu item will present you with information relating to your chosen selection. This will overlay the content in the reading panel. Select the back button to return to the reading panel menu.

Navigation

Accessing a NICE pathway

The Utility menu located at the top of every page provides access to the homepage or to the browse pathways menu, both of which present a full list of all NICE Pathways available on the site.
Simply select the pathway title which you wish to view and you will be taken to the starting point of that NICE pathway.
It is also possible to access a specific NICE Pathway or path via an NHS Evidence search.

Navigating through the paths

NICE Pathways is an inter-linked mesh of information where these connections and links provide a way to navigate through the wealth of guidance and related products which NICE has produced.
Where the connecting lines within each path can guide you visually within one particular topic, links and linking nodes are also used to allow you to jump to relevant and associated paths whether in the same topic area or a related topic in a separate NICE pathway.

Path linking nodes

Links between different paths are signified by path linking nodes. Selecting this type of node allows you to jump between paths containing related information. In some cases you will simply be taken to another related path, in other cases a specific node in the related path will be selected for you.

Path links in reading pane

Links to related paths or nodes have also been included at relevant places within the text content presented in the reading panel. Selecting these links will display the appropriate map or direct you to the specific node within the referenced map.

Exploring richer content

Interactive nodes

Select an interactive node to view more detailed information relating to the text presented directly on the node.
Additional text is displayed in the reading panel and this text provides further detail as well as links to further supporting NICE products.

Reading panel navigation

Select an interactive node to view further content in the reading panel. Once the reading panel is open scroll through the content presented. Also, selecting any of the menu items displayed at the bottom of the panel will overlay the chosen content. Select Back to then return to the previous content/menu.

Glossary items

Where complex terms or abbreviations have been used in the reading panel these are highlighted at the point they are first referenced. Select the term and you will be presented with an explanation of the term in a small pop-up window. Click anywhere on the screen to close the pop-up.

'Pop-up' appendix content

Where large tables or blocks of text have been referenced from within the reading panel the text is highlighted. Selecting this text displays the referenced content in a large pop-up window.

Navigate using recently viewed paths

The ‘recently viewed’ feature is located at the bottom of the screen and provides you with a recent history of the paths which you have visited. The most recent is presented on the left of the screen.

Working with the recently viewed feature

The recently viewed tray can be opened or closed manually by selecting the open/close button, or by clicking anywhere on the top of the tray.
As you navigate between paths in any of the NICE pathways on the website, the paths will be automatically added to the tray, pushing the previous path further to the right of the tray.
Note: if you visit the same path on several occasions then only your latest visit to that path will be recorded. This avoids duplication of paths within the tray and ensures that your most frequently visited paths are closest to the left of the tray making them more easily accessible.

Managing and exploring your history

A maximum of 25 paths will be recorded in your recently viewed tray. Use the arrows at each end of the tray to scan the paths recorded.
Selecting any of the paths within the tray will present this path on the canvas.
If you wish to clear your recently viewed history simply select the ‘clear all’ button.
Note: Unless you select ‘clear all’, your recently viewed paths will be maintained within the tray providing you access on the same device and do not delete your cookies.

Content

NICE Products accessible through the site

The majority of all NICE products are available either directly or indirectly through this site. An introductory explanation to these products can be found on the NICE website by following these links.

Glossary of terms

NICE Pathway

NICE Pathways are provided for certain topics, both clinical and public health, as a way of giving you easy access to the guidance and supporting products developed by NICE.
Each NICE Pathway includes numerous interlinked paths which will help to guide you visually through the content available. The pathway menu presented at the top of the screen also provides a way of accessing general content which is associated with the selected NICE Pathway.

Path

A path is formed from a number of interconnected text boxes (nodes) displayed on the canvas.

Canvas

This is the area of the screen which contains the currently viewed path.

Node

A node is a text box which provides a short 'snippet' of information often representing a step in a process or a link to another path. There are 3 main types of node:

Context node

This type of node is not selectable and is used to provide context to the surrounding nodes, either by guiding you to the correct subsequent node(s) in the path or by providing important information directly, such that it requires no further detailed explanation.

Interactive node

Select this type of node to view expanded and richer information relating to the text presented on the node. If the text on the node needs further explanation or you are interested in finding out more about the summarised information presented on the node, selecting this node is a quick and powerful way of accessing any further detail. On selecting the node, the additional information will be presented for you in the reading panel.

Path link node

Select this type of node to jump to another path which relates to the information presented on the node. The path which you jump to may be within the same pathway or a related pathway. In addition, if there is a specific node in another path that is most pertinent, this node will be selected for you.

Connector

A connector is a line connecting the nodes within a path.
Connectors may have arrows depicting a direction of flow, or where no arrows are shown they may simply indicate an association between the information presented on the connected nodes.

Reading Panel

The reading panel appears on the right hand side of the screen and is where richer information is presented. The information presented relates to your selections either from the pathway menu or by selecting Interactive nodes within the paths.

Recently viewed paths

The ‘recently viewed’ feature is located at the bottom of the screen and provides you with a recent history of the paths which you have visited. The most recent is presented on the left of the screen.

Pathway Menu

The Pathway menu is the main menu that contains links to content which relates to the whole pathway. This menu provides access to general pathway information, Implementation tools associated with the pathway, source and related NICE Guidance products and any Quality standards which are linked to the currently viewed pathway.
This page was last updated: 10 May 2011