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 & Methods Statement sets out the process NICE uses to select topics, and how the briefings are developed, quality assured and approved for publication.
Newcastle and York External Assessment Centre
Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE
Derek Bousfield, Senior Clinical Technologist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Roseanne Jones, Research Scientist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Helen Cole, Head of Service – Clinical Scientist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Hannah Wood, Information Specialist, York Health Economics Consortium.
Kim Keltie, Research Scientist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Andrew Sims, Centre Director, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The following specialist commentators provided comments on a draft of this briefing:
Dr Nick Fletcher, Consultant Anaesthetist for Cardiothoracic Surgery, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust.
Dr Craig Morris, Consultant Intensivist and Anaesthetist, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Marcus Peck, Consultant Intensivist, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
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