Appendix A: Appraisal committee members and NICE project team

Appraisal committee members

The appraisal committee is a standing advisory committee of NICE. Its members are appointed for a 3-year term. The appraisal committee meets 3 times a month except in December, when there are no meetings. The committee membership is split into three branches, each with a chair and vice-chair. Each branch considers its own list of technologies and ongoing topics are not moved between the branches.

Committee members are asked to declare any interests in the technology to be appraised. If it is considered there is a conflict of interest, the member is excluded from participating further in that appraisal.

The minutes of each appraisal committee meeting, which include the names of the members who attended and their declarations of interests, are posted on the NICE website.

The following is a list of the committee members who took part in the discussions for this appraisal.

Dr Jane Adam
Radiologist, St George's Hospital, London

Professor AE Ades
MRC Senior Scientist, MRC Health Services Research Collaboration,
Department of Social Medicine, University

Anne Allison
Nurse Clinical Adviser, Healthcare Commission

Dr Tom Aslan
General Practitioner, Stockwell, London

Professor David Barnett (Chair)
Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, University

Mrs Elizabeth Brain
Lay Member

Dr Karl Claxton
Health Economist, University

Dr Richard Cookson
Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, School of Medicine Health Policy and Practice, University

Mrs Fiona Duncan
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Anaesthetic Department, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Blackpool

Professor Christopher Eccleston
Director, Pain Management Unit, University

Dr Paul Ewings
Statistician, Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust, Taunton

Professor John Geddes
Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry, University

Mr John Goulston
Director of Finance, Barts and the London NHS Trust

Mr Adrian Griffin
Health Outcomes Manager, Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd

Ms Linda Hands
Clinical Reader in Surgery, University

Dr Rowan Hillson
Consultant Physician, Diabeticare, The Hillingdon

Professor Philip Home (Vice Chair)
Professor of Diabetes Medicine, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Dr Terry John
General Practitioner, The Firs, London

Professor Richard Lilford
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University

Dr Simon Maxwell
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology and Honorary Consultant Physician, Queens Medical Research Institute, University

Dr Alec Miners
Lecturer in Health Economics, London of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Ms Judith Paget
Chief Executive, Caerphilly Local Health Board, Wales

Dr Ann Richardson
Lay Member

Mr Mike Spencer
General Manager, Clinical Support Services, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust

Dr Simon Thomas
Consultant Physician, General Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust

Mr David Thomson
Lay Member

Dr Norman Vetter
Reader, Department of Epidemiology, Statistics and Public Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff

Dr Paul Watson
Director of Commissioning, East of England Strategic Health Authority

NICE project team

Each technology appraisal is assigned to a team consisting of one or more health technology analysts (who act as technical leads for the appraisal), a technical adviser and a project manager.

Eleanor Donegan and Elangovan Gajraj
Technical Leads

Janet Robertson
Technical Adviser

Alana Miller
Project Manager