A consultation has been launched on the second phase of the Evidence Based Interventions (EBI) Programme. It runs until 24 August 2020. The EBI programme is designed to reduce the number of medical or surgical interventions as well as some other tests and treatments which the evidence says are inappropriate for some patients in some circumstances and can sometimes do more harm than good.
It means the quality of the care patients receive can be improved and can free up valuable resources so they can be put to better use elsewhere in the NHS. This is going to be more important than ever as the NHS recovers from the impact of Covid-19 and restores services
The latest list of 31 tests, treatments and procedures can be viewed here and builds on an earlier list of 17 interventions which became part of the NHS’s statutory guidance in March 2019. It has been compiled by an Independent Expert Advisory Committee, comprising doctors, patients and commissioners and takes full account of the views of specialist societies and international evidence. That committee is hosted by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which is also coordinating the six-week engagement process beginning in July 2020 and everyone’s views are welcome.
Four engagement events are being held during August, with the first being on surgery and devices. This will be held on Tuesday 4 August, 11.30am-1pm. You can register here. All the information about the consultation, which closes on 24 August, can be found on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges website.
31 July 2020