The Trust provides a wide range of policies to support staff in their everyday lives which set out the necessary guidance for decision making and the associated processes.

At NCIC, everyone is equal. We recognise the need to tackle discrimination and promote equality. We do everything we can to ensure all our policies:

  • do not discriminate
  • promote equality
  • address the diverse needs of individuals
  • ensure human rights are upheld
  • ensure fair treatment
  • protect dignity

Policy templates and guidance document (only available to staff)

This document includes:

  • policy templates
  • guidance on how to use the policy template
  • details of policy approval routes
  • policy approval flowchart
  • top Tips for Policy Authors
  • FAQs

Please note that the information in italics in the policy template is for author guidance only and should be removed once you have completed the information.

If you're unsure of the process to follow within any policy, speak to your line manager before contacting the policy author or accountable director.

If you are unsure of the arrangements for managing policies, email the policy help desk on

If you require written communication e.g. appointment letters, clinic outcome letters, including any of our publications, to be translated into another language or format, such as Braille, large print or audio, contact:

Patient Experience Team by emailing

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Controlled Drugs Policy Details


This policy defines the mandatory requirements of the Trust with regard to all aspects of the handling of Controlled Drugs (CD).
Emergency Oxygen in Adults Prescription and Administration Policy Details


The policy provides step by step guidance on the prescribing, administration and monitoring of emergency oxygen therapy within all clinical areas including the emergency department, general wards and intensive care.
High Risk Injectable Medicines Details


The aim of this policy is to standardise practice and manage the risks with respect to the prescribing, preparation, administration and monitoring of high risk injectable medicines.
Medicines - Possession of Substances Liable to Abuse Policy Details


This Policy sets out the procedures that must be implemented if staff suspect that a patient in their care or a visitor is illegally in possession of, or supplying or using what is believed to be or suspected of being an illicit substance.
Medicines Code Policy Details


This Medicines Code Policy defines the necessary action to be taken and the responsibilities of those groups of staff who have access to medicines.
Medicines Patient Group Directions Policy Details


The objective of this policy is to outline the process for the application, development, review and use of Patient Group Directions (PGDs).
Non Medical Prescribing Policy Details


This policy sets out the procedural steps needed for suitably qualified non-medical Healthcare Professionals to act as supplementary and independent prescribers throughout Cumbria.
Unlicensed Medicines Policy Details


The aim of the policy is to manage the use of unlicensed medicines in a way that complies with recognised national guidelines and enables positive patient outcomes.