We publish our guidance so that healthcare professionals and patients can make informed decisions about their treatment options. This doesn't mean that a hospital must provide a procedure. These decisions are made at a local NHS level and usually on a case-by-case basis.
We may advise that a procedure should be offered under the hospital's 'standard' or 'special' arrangements for clinical governance, audit and consent. However, it may not be suitable for all patients with the condition in question.
You should discuss your treatment options with your examining doctor.
Resources to help you
Our guidance for patients and carers
We publish a version of our guidance specifically for patients and other members of the public.
In it you can find out:
- what a procedure involves
- what recommendations we have made
- some questions you might want to ask your doctor.
These documents are called 'Information for the public' and can be found by clicking on the 'Information for the public' tab on each guidance page.
Guide to contributing to guidance
Information to help you contribute to the development of interventional procedures guidance.
This guide takes you through the process from start to finish. It shows how both individuals and organisations can take part.
It's written for:
- individual patients and carers
- patient and carer organisations.
Does NICE investigate all interventional procedures?
No, we typically investigate procedures that aren't well established in clinical practice; for example, if they're being performed as part of trials, or if they aren't widely performed in the UK.
We can look at more established procedures if there are any uncertainties about their safety or effectiveness.
There also has to be evidence that a procedure is being used in the UK, or is intended to be used within a foreseeable timescale.
Interventional procedures have to be notified to us. This means healthcare professionals or other members of the public ask us to consider publishing guidance on a procedure.