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Have your say: NHS England consultation on evidence based interventions

User AvatarPosted by Amanda Crawford at 14/08/2018 18:29:28

NHS England, in collaboration with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), NHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS Improvement’s Getting It Right First Time programme, is publicly consulting on a programme of work called Evidence Based Interventions. 

Research evidence shows some interventions, including some operations, are not clinically effective or only effective when they are performed in specific circumstances. And as medical science advances, some interventions are superseded by those that are less invasive or more effective.

There is a general consensus, both nationally and locally, that more needs to be done to ensure the least effective interventions are not routinely performed, or only performed in more clearly defined circumstances.

With this in mind, a consultation is running until 28 September 2018, to get the views of patients across England to determine which interventions should be targeted, and the proposed clinical criteria for them, where appropriate.

These proposals aim to:

  • reduce avoidable harm to patients

  • save precious professional time

  • help clinicians maintain their professional practice in line with the changing evidence base

  • allow for innovation

  • maximise value and avoid waste for patients and taxpayers.

The consultation documents (including accessible formats) can be found on the NHS England website, alongside details of how to respond.  There are also details of two events in Leeds and London, which patients can attend in person to feedback their views.