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Royal College of Surgeons and Surgical Specialty Associations commissioning guidance process accredited by NICE

May 23rd 2013

The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) and the Surgical Specialty Associations have been working on a joint project to produce guidance for commissioners of surgical services. The project has been funded by the Department of Health’s QIPP Right Care team, with the aim of supporting the commissioning of high value care and to reduce the “postcode lottery” of variation in the availability of services.

At Bazian, we believe evidence should be the basis for decision-making throughout the health service, from commissioning of services to decisions about individual patients. Therefore we were thrilled to be asked to support the RCS in producing commissioning guidance. Our role has been in providing information specialist support, principally conducting systematic searches for high quality evidence to inform the Guidance Development Groups’ recommendations. From the outset the RCS and Surgical Specialty Associations felt it was important to gain NICE Accreditation for its process of developing commissioning guidance, the programme aims to help people identify trusted guideline producers who follow high quality processes. Therefore our searching process was designed to meet these specific methodological and reporting standards. Alongside searching, Bazian has also provided additional information support by critically appraising the articles retrieved by our searches and grading this evidence, using appropriate tools.

We are delighted that the RCS and Surgical Specialty Associations have been successful in gaining NICE Accreditation for its commissioning guidance process manual and look forward to continuing to work with them to support the production of more commissioning guidance.