This page contains details of ongoing consultations where the opinion and input of BIA members is sought.
If you are commenting on any consultation as an individual or on behalf of another organisation such as RCPath and you belong to the BIA please do copy your form to BIA@Hartleytaylor.co.uk. Responders will receive a BIA Guideline Review Support Certificate which can be used to self-credit up to 10 CPD points for commenting on a consultation and we will incorporate your individual/other organisation response into the response of the BIA.
UK consensus definitions for Necrotising Otitis Externa in adults
Necrotising otitis externa (NOE) is an under-recognised, poorly understood, severe infection of the external ear canal and lateral skull base. No established national or international guidelines exist for NOE and the optimal strategy for diagnosis and management remains uncertain.
The UK consensus definitions for Necrotising Otitis Externa in adults manuscript aims to establish consensus definitions for NOE to facilitate the diagnosis and exclusion of NOE in clinical practice and expedite future high-quality study of the condition.
We would appreciate your comments, please send them to Anna.Goodman@gstt.nhs.uk by 5pm, Monday 30th August
ESCMID invitation to submit topics for clinical practice guidelines
The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) is highly committed to develop rigorous and trustworthy guidance documents with a global perspective on priority topics, ensuring that resources and attention are devoted to those areas in which clinical recommendations will provide the greatest benefit to patients, clinicians, and policy makers.
In this view, ESCMID is launching a new survey, after the first one in 2019, to select priority areas where clinical practice guidelines are lacking, in the field of infectious diseases, clinical microbiology and infection control. In these two years, the world has changed, and SARS-CoV-2 has absorbed most scientific endeavours, but those operating in the infectious diseases field know that other infections are here to stay, and our field of medicine has many challenges to address.
BIA is among the ESCMID partners in scientific issues, and we would like to invite you to participate in order to collect your suggestions.
We would ask you to suggest clinical topics where, according to your best judgement, ESCMID should develop a clinical guidance document in the next few years.
Topics will need to fall within ESCMID mission to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infection-related diseases, to have a clearly defined focus, and not to be covered by prior guidance documents in the past 5 years (at least from an international perspective).
Multidisciplinary topics and those where involvement of other Societies can be envisaged are most welcome.
Please submit your suggestions to Anna.Goodman@gstt.nhs.uk by Wednesday 1st September, for submission of a BIA response.
Healthcare professional survey - pharma communications strategies
Do you want to influence how you communicate with Pharma?
This survey is around pharma’s relationship with doctors and what they feel is appropriate / optimal in terms of content / channel of communication. The idea is to raise awareness in the pharmaceutical industry of how doctors want to be communicated with. The results of the survey will be published in the pharmaceutical press (pharmaphorum) as well as circulated through industry contacts. This is an opportunity for doctors to have a say in the way that they communicate with the pharma industry and should hopefully help to stimulate meaningful debate at a time where the relationship is somewhat strained.
Recently Published Consultations
NICE guideline: Cellulitis and erysipelas: antimicrobial prescribing Published Sept 2019
NICE guideline: Lyme disease Consultation closed 12/03/2019
NICE guideline: Lyme disease. Published April 2018
NICE guideline: otitis media (acute): antimicrobial prescribing. Published March 2018
NICE guidance: Cystic Fibrosis - Diagnosis and management. Published October 2017
UK SMI V 28: investigation of cytomegalovirus infection Consultation closed 27/12/2018
NICE draft guideline: Surgical site infections: prevention and treatment (update) Consultation closed 18/12/2018
NICE guideline CG191 Pneumonia in adults: diagnosis and management. Consultation closed 26/09/18
NICE draft guideline on acute cough: antimicrobial prescribing. Consultation closed 17/09/18
NICE consultation on proposed changes to the technology appraisals programme - phase 2. Consultation closed 01/03/18
UK NSC consultation on chlamydia screening in pregnancy. Consultation closed 22/02/18
BHIVA Standards of Care for People Living with HIV 2018. Consultation closed 20/02/18
BHIVA guidelines for the management of HIV infection in pregnant women 2018. Consultation closed 19/02/18
BHIVA guidelines for the management of TB/HIV co-infection in adults. Consultation closed 09/02/18
NICE guideline on hip, knee and shoulder replacement. Consultation closed 05/02/18
UK SMI B 29: Investigation of specimens for screening for MRSA. Consultation closed 02/02/18
Use of organs from Hepatitis C viraemic donors in Hepatitis C negative recipients. Consultation closed 02/02/18
NICE QS on cystic fibrosis. Consultation closed 19 January 2018. Expected publication: 18 May 2018
Topic engagement exercise: NICE emergency and acute medical care QS. Consultation closed 01/12/17. Click for BIA comments.
UK NSC consultation: guidance on the development, production and review of information to support screening. Consultation closed 16/11/17. We hope to publish responses and an updated version of the guidance within 12 weeks of the conclusion of the consultation.
NICE QS Consultation: HIV testing - encouraging uptake. Published September 2017.
NICE QS Consultation: Physical health of people in prison. Published September 2017.
UK NSC consultation: antenatal screening for human t-cell lymphotrophic virus (HTLV). Review completed Dec 2017
PHE UK guidelines for the management of contacts of invasive Group A Streptococcus infection in community settings. Consultation closed 02/10/17
British Society for Rheumatology draft guidelines: Biological DMARD safety guidelines in inflammatory arthritis. Consultation closed 04/09/17.
NICE guidance on emergency and acute medical care in over 16s: service delivery and organisation. Consultation closed 14/08/17. Expected publication date: 20/12/17. Click for BIA comments submitted
NICE guideline on sore throat (acute): antimicrobial prescribing. Consultation closed 14/08/17. Expected publication date tbc. Click for BIA comments submitted
Stakeholder consultation: High Consequence Infectious Diseases Interim Paediatric. Consultation closed 19/07/17.
NICE draft guideline: Flu vaccination - increasing uptake. Expected publication date: 10/01/2018.
Click for BIA comments on this consultation
NICE Surveillance Reports - Healthcare associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care. Survey closed 27/06/17.
UK SMI V 04 - Investigation of hepatitis B infection. Published June 2017
NICE draft guideline on sinusitis (acute): antimicrobial prescribing. Published October 2017
NICE draft guideline on cystic fibrosis: diagnosis and management. Published 25 October 2017. Click for BIA comments.
UK National Screening Committee consultation: screening for Group B Streptococcus in pregnancy. Review completed March 2017
NICE Quality Standard Topic Engagement Exercise: HIV testing: encouraging uptake. Published Sept 2017
NICE guideline on Managing Common Infections. Consultation closed 28/11/16. Expected publication date tbc.
NICE Quality Standard Consultation: Vaccine uptake in under 19's. Published March 2017
NICE Diagnostics Consultation Document: Integrated multiplex PCR tests for identifying gastrointestinal pathogens in people with suspected gastroenteritis (xTAG Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel, FilmArray GI Panel and Faecal Pathogens B assay). Published Jan 2017
NICE Consultation on Abbreviated Technology Appraisal (ATA) Process. Consultation closed 24/08/16. Comments are currently being reviewed and an updated version is due to be presented to the NICE board in November 2016.
NICE Guideline: Sickle cell disease: managing acute painful episodes in hospital - Surveillance consultation. Consultation closed 02/06/16. Anticipated review decision publication: August 2016
UK SMI V 37: Chlamydia trachomatis infection - testing by Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT). Published May 2018, updated Jan 2017
NICE draft guideline consultation: Multimorbidity: clinical assessment and management. Guideline published September 2016.