North London Partners in health and care

Evidence Based Interventions and Clinical Standards (formerly PoLCE)


NCL Evidence Based Interventions and Clinical Standards Policy update (formerly PoLCE)

The north central London policy that ensures there is a consistent approach to delivering care for local residents has been renamed and will now be known as the ‘Evidence Based Interventions and Clinical Standards’ Policy.

The policy, previously called Procedures of Limited Clinical Effectiveness (PoLCE), was recently updated in April 2019.  The change in name was agreed by the Joint Commissioning Committee on Thursday 6 June 2019.  The decision to change the name followed feedback from resident groups, voluntary organisations and local Healthwatches that ‘PoLCE’ was confusing and didn’t describe the policy scope or aims.

The Evidence Based Interventions and Clinical Standards Policy makes sure we use the best medical evidence and guidelines available in deciding what healthcare treatments to provide for our patients. The overall aim is to prevent avoidable harm to patients, avoid unnecessary operations, and to make the best use of clinical time by providing NHS care that is evidence-based and appropriate.

We have also agreed to make it clearer why certain procedures or treatments have been included in the policy in the frequently asked questions - see link below.

Healthcare services in NCL are bought by the five Clinical Commissioning Groups, (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington) all of which follow the policy. This will ensure that all residents in north central London will have fair and equal access to evidence-based care no matter where they live or what their background.

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For further queries please email nclstppmo@nhs.net