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NHS Lanarkshire (NHSL) clinical guidelines may be developed at one of the following levels:

  • NHS Lanarkshire wide.
  • An individual operational entity, or groups of operational entities.
  • An individual department/service/specialty/directorate (only where exclusively relevant to that area). Clinical guidelines should only be developed where there is a need for a clinical guideline and duplication of guidelines should be avoided if there is NHSL wide guideline for the same condition is already available.

To submit guidelines to the NHS Lanarkshire Guidelines app/website (“App”), please complete a checklist - Checklist for Posting Clinical Guidelines to NHSL Guidelines (downloadable Microsoft Word .docx version) and email it together with approved guidelines to ClinicalGuidelines@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk.

Approval of Any Guidelines

The Approval of any guideline is dependent on adherence to the principles outlined below:

  1. The guideline must have clearly defined authorship.
  2. The guideline contains a date of preparation, approval, once granted
    and a review date (normally within 3 years of approval).
  3. The title of the guideline accurately reflects the content and scope
    of the guideline.
  4. The population to whom the guideline applies is specifically described.
  5. The target users of the guideline are clearly defined.
  6. The guideline’s development has been informed by individuals from
    all relevant professional groups (i.e. as well considering clinicians involved throughout the patient journey from primary to secondary care, also consider AHP’s, pharmacy input in all guidelines that include medicines and diagnostics when diagnostic test is required).
  7. Consideration should be given to the involvement of patients or their support groups where appropriate.
  8. Individuals involved in the production of the guideline or protocol will be responsible for ensuring that the content is accurate, up to date and is based on current published evidence or best practice.
  9. The guideline recommendations are specific and unambiguous.
  10. The potential cost implications of applying the recommendations have been considered and discussed with relevant managers
  11. Implementation and evaluation plans have been considered.

Formatting Guidelines

Once the details of the guideline and its recommendations have been agreed by the relevant stakeholders, it should be formatted by following digital accessibility principles - POUR (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust). Your content will be easier for everyone to access. It's the right thing to do, it benefits everyone, and it's the law.

The following essential practices are relevant to all resources such as Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and emails:

Author(s): NHS Lanarkshire

Reviewer Name(s): Ania Matuszewska