The appraisal committee is a standing advisory committee of the Institute. 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.
Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Leicester
Professor of Medical Statistics, University of Sheffield
Senior Lecturer, University of Teesside
Professor of Neurology, University of Liverpool
Special Projects Consultant, UK Council for Psychotherapy
Consultant Physician, Manchester Royal Infirmary
Lord Trent Professor of Medicines and Health, the University of Nottingham
Mrs Eleanor Grey
Pro Vice Chancellor for Research & Enterprise, Keele University
Professor of Vascular Surgery, University of Sheffield
Deputy Medical Director, North East Strategic Health Authority
Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician, St Mary's Hospital, Manchester
Consultant Radiologist, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield
Health Economics Research Fellow, The University of Manchester
GP and Consultant in Medicines Management, NHS Lothian
Chair of Appraisal Committee C and Professor of Public Health, University of Birmingham
Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Care & General Practice, University of Birmingham
Consultant Urologist, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge
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.