|Interventional Procedures Policy|
|Written by Clinical Effectiveness and RD Manager|
The safety and efficacy register of new interventional procedures (SERNIP) was established by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in May 1996. The responsibility for the introduction of new interventional procedures has now been transferred to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). NICE is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. NICE guidance is developed using the expertise of the NHS and the wider healthcare community including NHS staff, healthcare professionals, patients and carers, industry and the academic world. The independent Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) then considers the procedure, and decides either to produce guidance, or that more information is needed before guidance can be produced. (For further information on how NICE develops interventional procedures guidance see www.nice.org.uk/ip).
Advances in clinical care can often only be made by allowing the introduction of new techniques. However, patient safety must not be compromised. The Department of Health requires medical practitioners, post training, who are planning to undertake a new interventional procedure which they have not performed before within the NHS to seek the prior approval of the Trust’s Clinical Governance Committee (HSC 2003/011).
This policy is needed to enable new interventional procedures (IP) to be introduced safely and with full communication with patients and staff. This policy defines the processes to ensure that IPs undertaken, comply with NICE guidance, if it is available and where this is not available, that clear governance requirements are met. This policy will ensure that the Trust meets its legal responsibilities and provide a clear Trust-wide approach to the introduction of new interventional procedures.
|Last Updated on Monday, 13 December 2010 13:43|