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Message from RCSEd President, Mike Lavelle-Jones, regarding NHS England’s Evidence Based Interventions Consultation

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13 Jul 2018

The announcement by the new Medical Director of NHS England, Stephen Powis, regarding Evidence Based Interventions has caused considerable concern within our membership, particularly the likelihood of limited commissioning of certain ENT and hand surgery procedures.

At an Academy of Medical Royal Colleges meeting that I attended earlier this week it was clear that this is the planned direction of travel. When it comes to surgical interventions our College position has always been to champion the role of shared decision making and to avoid unnecessary procedures.

What is also clear from this week’s meeting with Stephen Powis is that we have the opportunity to influence the thresholds for particular operations as well as influencing the inclusion, or not, of some of the procedures on the Evidence Based Intervention Procedures List. The NHS England consultation is open until 28 September and I would encourage you all to engage with this both directly, through your specialist societies and also through the College which will be collating its position based on all of your views. Please submit them to us by 14th September 2018.

NHS England is particularly keen to hear from specialty groups to build on its existing evidence base with regard to these challenging decisions and has reassured me that specific criticisms, which can be supported by evidence, will be taken into account.

To find out more about the consultation please visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/evidence-based-interventions/ and send your responses to a.rollason@rcsed.ac.uk.


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated in as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its examinations, and is also increasingly involved in the provision of surgical training and education, offering the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. RCSEd’s commercial enterprises offer conferencing and event facilities at The Playfair Building, Symposium Hall and Quincentenary Hall, and runs the Ten Hill Place Hotel.

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