Process and methods

2 Key activities of the programme

2 Key activities of the programme

The key activities of the interventional procedures programme are:

  • receiving notifications of interventional procedures and identifying new interventional procedures

  • deciding whether notified or new procedures fall within the programme's remit and so should be assessed

  • compiling and maintaining a list of notified procedures

  • preparing procedure briefs and overviews

  • obtaining specialist advice

  • obtaining patient commentary

  • convening meetings of the Committee, providing it with evidence and securing its draft recommendations on the procedures assessed

  • preparing consultation documents based on the Committee's draft recommendations

  • conducting public consultations on the draft recommendations

  • producing interventional procedures guidance based on the final recommendations of the Committee

  • ensuring all guidance addresses equalities issues

  • providing a resolution process by which consultees have a mechanism for reviewing NICE's guidance for factual errors or breaches of process before it is published

  • issuing interventional procedures guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

  • advising on a lay version of the guidance ('information for the public')

  • advising on the production of audit tools for the guidance when these are recommended

  • advising on the suitability of registers or other datasets for inclusion in the guidance

  • updating guidance

  • raising awareness of the programme in the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.