Evidence Based Interventions: Consultation

Research evidence shows some interventions are not clinically effective or only effective when they are performed in specific circumstances. And as medical science advances, some interventions are superseded by those that are less invasive or more effective.

At both national and local levels, there is a general consensus that more needs to be done to ensure the least effective interventions are not routinely performed, or only performed in more clearly defined circumstances.

We have formed a new national collaboration with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NICE, NHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS Improvement’ GIRFT programme to turn this consensus into action – the Evidence Based Interventions Programme. This programme is counterpart to the items that should not be routinely prescribed in primary care programme launched in 2017.

We are publicly consulting on the design principles of the programme, the interventions we should target initially and proposed clinical criteria, the activity goals we should set and delivery actions, including proposed new terms in the NHS Standard Contract.

Consultation documents

The proposals have been jointly developed by NHS England, NHS Clinical Commissioners, the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, NICE and NHS Improvement’s GIRFT programme in collaboration with the Royal Colleges and patient groups such as Healthwatch.

The proposals aim to reduce avoidable harm to patients, save precious professional time, help clinicians maintain their professional practice in line with the changing evidence base, create headroom for innovation and maximise value and avoid waste for patients and taxpayers.

Consultation: How to share feedback

The consultation will run from 4 July to 28 September 2018. If you would like to respond, you can do so by:

In addition we will be holding a number of events to gather further clinical, professional and patient views.


NHS England will be holding two open events for patients to discuss the proposals and share feedback.

The first event will be held in Leeds on Wednesday 22 August (12.00 to 14.00) and the second in London on Thursday 23 August (10.00 to 12.00).

To register your interest, please email: england.EBinterventions@nhs.net.

Healthwatch webinar

Healthwatch England will be hosting a webinar at 10am on 6 August for their members to discuss and share feedback on the proposals.

Healthwatch members can register their interest by emailing: Joshua.edwards@healthwatch.co.uk.

We will also be co-hosting a series of webinars (on-line meetings) for:

  • CCGs in collaboration with NHS Clinical Commissioners
  • The Health and Wellbeing Alliance
  • Healthwatch England members
  • NHS Youth Forum

Please contact us for further details about any of the above webinars.

If you would a printed copy of the consultation please e-mail england.EBinterventions@nhs.net.