About this briefing

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.

Development of this briefing

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.

Project team

  • Newcastle and York External Assessment Centre.

  • Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE.

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Scott Mahony, Research Consultant, York Health Economics Consortium

  • William Green, Research Consultant, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Joyce Craig, Associate Director, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Mick Arber, Information Specialist, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Samuel Urwin, Trainee Clinical Scientist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Iain Willits, Medical Technologies Evaluator, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Specialist commentators

The following specialist commentators provided comments on a draft of this briefing:

  • Professor David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal Science, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Science, University of Oxford

  • Mr Simon Newman, Clinical Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London

  • Mr Neil Thomas, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, The Wessex Hospital and North Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


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ISBN: 978‑1‑4731‑1166‑0