Major trauma services

Anticipated publication date:

Major trauma services: service delivery for major trauma
In progress
Anticipated publication date
February 2016
Topic area
  • Injuries, accidents and wounds

NICE is developing five pieces of guidance relating to trauma, Each piece of guidance will focus on a different aspect of trauma care.

NICE has commissioned the National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC) to develop the trauma guidance. The fractures, complex fractures, spinal injury assessment and major trauma guidelines will start development approximately 6 months before the development of the Trauma service delivery guideline. As a result of these guidelines being developed concurrently, the coordination of the development of these guidelines will be slightly different to our usual process.

The amendments to the process for developing these trauma guidelines will help maximise stakeholder engagement, ensure that the gaps or overlaps among the different guidance topics are addressed and that the final guidance produced is complementary and consistent.

This page provides more detail on Trauma service delivery. Please follow the links above to view details of the other pieces of guidance.

Provisional Schedule

Scoping workshop: 06 November 2013
Consultation on draft scope with stakeholders: 13 September - 11 October 2013
Consultation on draft guideline with stakeholders: TBC
Publication date: February 2016

Project Team

Centre for clinical practice lead: Sharon Summers-Ma
Communications manager: Lyndsey Dudley
Guidelines commissioning manager:

Ben Doak

Guidelines coordinator: Thomas Feist
Patient involvement lead: Jessica Fielding
Implementation lead: Denise Woods
Guidelines Development Group: The Guideline Development Group (GDG) oversees the development process.

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Key events during the development of the guidance

7 October 2014

The National Collaborating Centre/Internal Development team may make a focused call for evidence on specific clinical questions or sub-questions after completing its initial searches. It is able to make a call for evidence at any point during development of the guideline and stakeholders will usually be given 4 weeks to respond. The NCC will approach all registered stakeholders for this evidence.

The National Collaborating Centre/Internal Development team may not issue any calls for evidence for a guideline if the Guideline Development Group feels it is not necessary. In addition, the National Collaborating Centre/Internal Development team will accept relevant confidential data for consideration by the Guideline Development Group. The Health Economic plan, review questions and search strategies will be available on the website 5 weeks prior to the draft guideline consultation commencing.

7 January 2014
The scope defines what aspects of care are covered by the guideline and to whom it applies. Comments that were made by stakeholders during the consultation on the scope can be seen in the scope consultation table. The Guideline Development Group (GDG) oversees the development process.
7 September 2012
The remit was received from the Department of Health and the Welsh Government in August 2012
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