Appendix A: Appraisal committee members and NICE project team

Appraisal committee members

The Appraisal committee is a standing advisory committee of the Institute. Its members are appointed for a 3-year term. The appraisal committee meets twice a month except in December, when there are no meetings. The committee membership is split into three branches, with the chair, vice chair and a number of other members attending meetings of both branches. 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 Keith Abrams
Professor of Medical Statistics, University of Leicester

Dr Jeff Aronson
Reader in Clinical Pharmacology, Radcliffe Infirmary

Dr Darren Ashcroft
Senior Clinical Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester

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

Dr Peter Barry
Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care, Leicester Royal Infirmary

Professor Stirling Bryan
Director of the Health Economics Facility, University of Birmingham

Professor John Cairns
Public Health and Policy,London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Dr Mark Charkravarty
Head of Government Affairs and NHS Policy, Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals (UK)

Professor Jack Dowie
Health Economist, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Lynn Field
Nurse Director, Pan Birmingham Cancer Network

Professor Christopher Fowler
Professor of Surgical Education, University of London

Dr Fergus Gleeson
Consultant Radiologist, Churchill Hospital, Oxford

Ms Sally Gooch
Former Director of Nursing and Workforce Development, Mid Essex Hospitals Services NHS Trust

Mrs Barbara Greggains
Lay member

Mr Sanjay Gupta
FormerStroke Services Manager, Basildon and Thurrock Universities Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Mike Laker
Medical Director, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust

Mr Terence Lewis
Mental Health Consultant, National Institute for Mental Health in England

Professor Gary McVeigh
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Queens University, Belfast

Dr Ruairidh Milne
Senior Lecturer in Health Technology Assessment, National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology

Dr Neil Milner
General Medical Practitioner, Sheffield

Dr Rubin Minhas
General Practitioner, CHD Clinical Lead, Medway PCT

Dr John Pounsford
Consultant Physician, North Bristol NHS Trust

Dr Rosalind Ramsay
Consultant Psychiatrist, Adult Mental Health Services, Maudsley Hospital, London

Dr Stephen Saltissi
Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Dr Lindsay Smith
General Practitioner, East Somerset Research Consortium

Mr Cliff Snelling
Lay member

Dr Ken Stein
Senior Lecturer, Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG), University of Exeter

Professor Andrew Stevens
Professor of Public Health, University of Birmingham

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.

Zoe Charles, Prashanth Kandaswamy
Technical Leads

Dr Elisabeth George
Technical Adviser

Reetan Patel
Project Manager