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Royal College of Surgeons and Surgical Specialty Associations publish commissioning guidance

August 5th 2013

The Royal College of Surgeons and Surgical Specialty Associations have published commissioning guidance on Orthognathic Procedures, which Bazian provided a literature search for.

The project, funded by the Department of Health’s QIPP Right Care team, involves producing a portfolio of guidance for commissioners of surgical services to support the commissioning of high value care and to reduce unwarranted variation in services.

Without appropriate orthognathic treatment, people with dento-facial deformities can experience functional problems (such as difficulty chewing) and psycho-social disadvantage. Over 2718 orthognathic surgical procedures were carried out in England in 2012 and the guidance includes a high value pathway for referral, treatment and post-treatment follow-up.

The recommendations of the Guideline Development Group are underpinned by a detailed literature review and follow the high quality processes required by NICE Accreditation (to find out more, read our news story on NICE Accreditation).