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Adjunctive colposcopy technologies for assessing suspected cervical abnormalities (Review of DG4)

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Specialist Committee Member recruitment to the Diagnostics Advisory Committee – Adjunctive colposcopy technologies for assessing suspected cervical abnormalities (Review of DG4)

I am writing to request your help in identifying potential specialist members to join the Diagnostics Advisory Committee for the evaluation of the proposed diagnostic topic: Adjunctive colposcopy technologies for assessing suspected cervical abnormalities (Review of DG4)

The independent Diagnostics Advisory Committee considers evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of innovative medical diagnostic technologies and formulates recommendations to the NICE Diagnostics Assessment programme on the adoption of medical diagnostic technologies in the NHS.

Topic description

Adjunctive colposcopy technologies are medical devices that have been developed to be used alongside standard colposcopy to aid in assessing areas of abnormal cells on the surface on the cervix. The devices aim to provide an objective evaluation of cellular changes using methods such as optical or electrical impedance spectroscopy to assess the characteristics of cervical cells. The results provided by the devices can help a colposcopist to determine whether further treatment or biopsies are needed. Use of the devices may result in more accurate detection of cervical abnormalities and consequently reduce the number of biopsies and colposcopy examinations that are required. The NICE Diagnostics Assessment Programme will assess the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the adjunctive colposcopy technologies in order to make recommendations on their use in the NHS.

For each evaluation, the Diagnostics Advisory Committee comprises 24 standing members and a number of additional Specialist Committee members with expertise relevant to the topic under evaluation.

The Diagnostics Assessment programme is now recruiting healthcare professionals, to join the Diagnostics Advisory Committee as Specialist Committee members for the topic outlined above, with expertise in the following areas:

  • Consultant Gynaecologist or Gynaecological Oncologist with an interest in colposcopy
  • Consultant Cytopathologist with an interest in cervical screening
  • Consultant Histopathologist with an interest in cervical screening
  • Nurse Colposcopist
  • General Practitioner with an interest in gynaecology

I would be grateful if you could inform the relevant members of your organisation of this opportunity to apply to be a Specialist Committee member of the NICE Diagnostics Advisory Committee for Adjunctive colposcopy technologies for assessing suspected cervical abnormalities (Review of DG4) . For full information and details on how to apply, please click here https://www.nice.org.uk/get-involved/join-a-committee/member-adjunctive-colposcopy-technologies-dac. The closing date for applications is 17:00, 2 November 2016.

Candidates are expected to have a good knowledge of the issues in the clinical area, but not necessarily have experience using the specific technology.  Applicants must be based in the UK.

For more information on the Diagnostics Assessment programme please click here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Robert Fernley on 0161 870 3153 or at Robert.Fernley@nice.org.uk.

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