About this briefing
Medtech innovation briefings summarise the published evidence and information available for individual medical technologies. The briefings provide information to aid local decision‑making by clinicians, managers, and procurement professionals.
Medtech innovation briefings aim to present information and critically review the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant evidence, but contain no recommendations and are not formal NICE guidance.
This briefing was developed for NICE by Newcastle and York External Assessment Centre. The interim process and methods statement sets out the process NICE uses to select topics, and how the briefings are developed, quality assured and approved for publication.
Newcastle & York External Assessment Centre.
Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE.
Joyce Craig, Associate Director, York Health Economics Consortium
William Green, Research Consultant, York Health Economics Consortium
Mick Arber, Information Specialist, York Health Economics Consortium
Derek Bousfield, Senior Clinical Technologist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Helen Cole, Head of Service – Clinical Scientist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Iain Willits, Medical Technologies Evaluator, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The following specialist commentators provided comments on a draft of this briefing:
Ms Carol Walsh, Theatre Co-ordinator/Senior Staff Nurse Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London
Dr Vinod Devalia, Consultant Haematologist, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend
Kevin Gatter, Professor of Pathology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
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