The Approval of any guideline is dependent on adherence to the principles outlined below:
- The guideline must have clearly defined authorship.
- The guideline contains a date of preparation, approval, once granted
and a review date (normally within 3 years of approval).
- The title of the guideline accurately reflects the content and scope
of the guideline.
- The population to whom the guideline applies is specifically described.
- The target users of the guideline are clearly defined.
- 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).
- Consideration should be given to the involvement of patients or their support groups where appropriate.
- 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.
- The guideline recommendations are specific and unambiguous.
- The potential cost implications of applying the recommendations have been considered and discussed with relevant managers
- Implementation and evaluation plans have been considered.