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

  • William Green, Research Consultant, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Alex Filby, Research Consultant, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Judith Shore, Research Assistant, York Health Economics Consortium

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

Specialist commentators

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

  • Dr Bhaskar Basu, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

  • Mrs Christine Singleton, Clinical Specialist, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

  • Dr Lloyd Bradley, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, West Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Ms Alison Clarke, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Declarations of interest

  • Christine Singleton has received remuneration from Odstock Medical Limited for teaching on training courses relating to functional electrical stimulators for drop foot.


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ISBN: 978‑1‑4731‑1761‑7