SHTG Topic Referral
What is a topic referral form?
Stakeholders are invited to suggest topics of
interest to the Scottish Health Technologies Group. To do
this you are asked to complete a topic referral form.
Who can complete a topic referral
Anyone can complete a topic referral form –
NHS boards, clinicians, manufacturers and members of the
What types of topics are the SHTG
A topic referral must meet at least one of the
following criteria to be considered.
- Is a clear health benefit
anticipated or evident from use of this technology?
- Is there uncertainty about
the clinical or cost-effectiveness of the technology?
- Is there wide variation in
provision or outcome of the technology across Scotland?
- Is the technology likely to
have a major impact on NHS resources (consuming or releasing)?
- Which NHSScotland health
priority area would this apply to?
- What is the potential for
quality improvement from investing or disinvesting in this
Examples of completed topic referral forms
What happens after a topic referral form is
On receipt of a topic referral form
preliminary scoping work will be undertaken by Healthcare
Improvement Scotland on behalf of SHTG. This scoping will be based
on the information contained within the topic referral form, which
will be assessed against defined criteria. If the referral meets at
least one of the criteria, the topic referrer will be invited to
present to the SHTG Working Group.
A final decision about whether the topic will
be progressed will be made by the SHTG Working Group and the topic
referrer will be notified of the outcome.
For further information, to discuss a
potential new topic, or you require assistance with completion of
the form please contact Doreen Pedlar or telephone 0141
Further information can be found in the Life
Sciences Advisory Board’s guide for industry on introduction of
new technologies into NHSScotland, which provides contacts and
information to help navigate the NHS in Scotland by knowing who to
contact and at which points in the product development journey.
You may also be interested in the NHS Research Scotland
website, which has been established to ensure that NHSScotland
provides the best possible environment to support clinical
Published Date: 24 August 2012