Spinal injury assessment: assessment and imaging, and early management for spinal injury (spinal column or spinal cord injury)
Status Complete
Developed As CG
Topic area
  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Injuries, accidents and wounds
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Surgical procedures

NICE is developing five pieces of guidance relating to trauma, Each piece of guidance will focus on a different aspect of trauma care.

NICE has commissioned the National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC) to develop the trauma guidance. The fractures, complex fractures, spinal injury assessment and major trauma guidelines will start development approximately 6 months before the development of the Trauma service delivery guideline. As a result of these guidelines being developed concurrently, the coordination of the development of these guidelines will be slightly different to our usual process.

The amendments to the process for developing these trauma guidelines will help maximise stakeholder engagement, ensure that the gaps or overlaps among the different guidance topics are addressed and that the final guidance produced is complementary and consistent.

This page provides more detail on Spinal injury assessment. Please follow the links above to view details of the other pieces of guidance.


Key events during the development of the guidance:

Date Update
17 February 2016 Stakeholder list updated
17 February 2016 Equality impact assessment published
17 February 2016 Guidance published
17 February 2016 Consultation comments published
03 February 2015 Committee meeting : 10 & 11
21 September 2015 Consultation on the draft of the guideline is complete and the guideline is being finalised in the light of comments received.
07 August 2015 The draft guideline is out for consultation with stakeholders between 07 August 2015 and 21 September 2015. We want to hear your views.
17 June 2015 The economic plan, review questions and search strategies are now available to view on the website.
19 November 2013

The NCCs may make a focussed call for evidence on specific clinical questions or subquestions, after it has done initial searches. It will be able to make a call at any point during development of the guideline, and stakeholders will usually be given 4weeks to respond. The NCC will approach all registered stakeholders for this evidence.

The NCC may not issue any calls for evidence for a guideline if the Guideline Development Group (GDG) feels it is not necessary. In addition, the NCCs will accept relevant confidential data for consideration by the GDG. The Health Economic plan, review questions and search strategies will be available on the website 5 weeks prior to consultation.

3 September 2013 The scope defines what aspects of care are covered by the guideline and to whom it applies. Comments that were made by stakeholders during the consultation on the scope can be seen in the scope consultation table. The Guideline Development Group (GDG) oversees the development process.
7 September 2012 The remit was received from the Department of Health and the Welsh Government in August 2012.

For further information on the guideline development process, please read how we develop NICE guidelines