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 & 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

  • Joyce Craig, Associate Director, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Jacoby Patterson, Associate Consultant, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Mick Arber, Senior Information Specialist, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Derek Bousfield, Senior Clinical Technologist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Kim Keltie, Research Scientist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Julie Burn, Computer Scientist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Specialist commentators

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

  • Dr Rekha Chaudhuri, Associate Specialist and Hon Clinical Associate Professor Respiratory Medicine, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow

  • Dr Bernard Higgins, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Dr Robert Niven, Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

  • Suzanne Regan, Asthma Clinical Nurse Specialist, Royal Brompton Hospital.

Declarations of interest

No relevant interests declared.


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ISBN: 978‑1‑4731‑1887‑4