The NICE board papers for its July meeting provide interesting insights for the topics, governance, and timelines for its forthcoming methods review.
MAP has covered the development of the scope of the methods review with interest, specifically the ongoing inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Access to Medicines and Medical Devices.
The recent board papers, however, provide a fresh insight into the topics, governance, and timelines that will shape the review.
In terms of timelines, the board papers set out:
- July 2019 – January 2020: work will be commissioned on specific methodological areas
- Summer 2020: NICE plans to review findings and prepare a draft programme manual for consultation
- December 2020: NICE anticipates that the final programme manual will be published
- 2021: an implementation plan will be put into place
The board papers also set out a list of topics that will be covered in the first stage (2019/20) of the review:
- Modifiers considered in decision making
- Exploring uncertainty
- Types of evidence (sources and synthesis)
- Health-related quality of life
- Technology-specific issues
- Cost-minimisation methods
- Equality considerations in guidance development
- Costs used in Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
- Position of technologies in the care pathway
- General approach to decision making
In addition to these topics, the board papers also outline how the methods review is proposed to be governed:
- Methods steering group: set up with responsibility for connecting key strategic developments within NICE. The steering group will have oversight of the entire review and update
- Methods working group: will oversee the delivery of work, as instructed by the steering group
- Patient working group: will get feedback from patient organisations; look at international examples of patient involvement; and identify themes that are important to patients.
- Focused task and finish groups: will oversee and carry out specific review work, including setting detailed scopes, commissioning methodological work from academic centres and enabling discussion of proposals with stakeholders
A full summary of the latest information of the NICE methods review can be found here.