Complex fractures: Assessment and management of complex fractures
In progress
Anticipated publication date
February 2016
Developed As
Topic area
  • Injuries, accidents and wounds
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Surgical procedures

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 Complex fractures. Please follow the links above to view details of the other pieces of guidance.

Provisional Schedule

Scoping workshop: 25 April 2013
Consultation on draft scope with stakeholders: 28 February - 28 March 2013
Consultation on draft guideline with stakeholders: 7 August 2015 - 21 September 2015
Publication date: February 2016

Project Team

Project lead Sharon Summers-Ma
Developer National Clinical Guideline Centre
Project management coordination Thomas Feist


Key events during the development of the guidance

Date Update
21 September 2015 Consultation on the draft of the guideline is complete and the guideline is being finalised in the light of comments received.
07 August 2015 The draft guideline is out for consultation with stakeholders between 07 August 2015 and 21 September 2015. We want to hear your views.
17 June 2015 The economic plan, review questions and search strategies are now available to view on the website.
19 November 2013

The NCCs may make a focussed call for evidence on specific clinical questions or subquestions, after it has done initial searches. It will be able to make a call at any point during development of the guideline, and stakeholders will usually be given 4weeks to respond. The NCC will approach all registered stakeholders for this evidence.

The NCC may not issue any calls for evidence for a guideline if the Guideline Development Group (GDG) feels it is not necessary. In addition, the NCCs will accept relevant confidential data for consideration by the GDG. The Health Economic plan, review questions and search strategies will be available on the website 5 weeks prior to consultation.

03 September 2013 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.
07 September The remit was received from the Department of Health and the Welsh Government in August 2012