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NHS Clinical Evaluation Team

The NHS Clinical Evaluation Team reviews everyday healthcare consumables used by the NHS to identify products that enable staff to provide the highest standard of patient care and deliver the best outcomes for the NHS.

The team reports to the NHS Clinical Reference Board and their work will inform the future development of national clinical criteria across various product categories. The evaluation process used by the team, known as the Clinical pathway, is a considerable process based on extensive engagement with clinical NHS staff, including doctors, nurses and midwives.

The team was established in April 2016 and its members undertake their duties independently of medical suppliers and NHS Supply Chain - their work is by the NHS, for the NHS.

If you want to find out more about the team please see the information below or contact us at

NHS Clinical Evaluation Team Operating Manual

Clinical Pathway

Team Charter

Work plan 2016-18 (updated February 2018) 

Our purpose

Team member biographies

"Quality, safety and value are at the heart of our work and it's important that we use our clinical experience to deliver high standards of care while reducing cost and waste in the NHS. The financial strain on the NHS is considerable, and I am confident that the NHS Clinical Evaluation Team is uniquely placed to address this by effectively evaluating product ranges. I believe the team's work will have a huge impact."

- Mandie Sunderland, Clinical Reference Board Chair

Clinical reviews

The NHS Clinical Evaluation Team's clinical review reports are available below.

Following feedback we have merged the final reports and product assessment results into a single document for each product category.

Adult ECG electrodes - Final report and product assessment results

Blunt drawing up devices with and without filter - Final report and product assessment results

Examination gloves - Final report and product assessment results

Film and film islands - Final report and product assessment results

Gelling fibres - Final report and product assessment results

IV Films - Final report and product assessment results

Open suction catheters and suction tubing - Final report and product assessment results

Procedure underpads - Final report and product assessment results

Syringes - hypodermic luer slip - Final report and product assessment results

Patient Dry Wipes - Final report and product assessment results

Skin Barrier Films - Final report and product assessment results


Read some of the feedback the team have received following publication of some of these reviews.

Feedback following first round of clinical review reports

Upcoming clinical reviews

The NHS Clinical Evaluation Team would like to share the criteria they will be applying to each product category as they carry out future reviews. As the criteria for each category is finalised it will be available below for you to download.

Launch event - December 2016

The team's first four reports were launched at an event held at the Royal College of Nursing on 16 December 2016. Videos of the speakers and their slides are available below:

Video 1 - Janet Davies - Royal College of Nursing

Video 2 - Mandie Sunderland - NHS Clinical Reference Board - Slide set (PDF)

Video 3 - Steven Pink - NHS Business Services Authority - Slide set (PDF)

Video 4 - Dr Naomi Chapman - Clinical Evaluation Team - Slide set (PDF)

Video 5 - Ben Shaw - University Hospitals of Leicester - Slide set (PDF)

Supplier events

The Clinical Evaluation Team is holding a number of events with suppliers to explain the role of the team and provide an overview of our work plan and process.

Below you can find a copy of the slides delivered at these events and a document containing responses to some questions received:

Supplier event slides

NHS Clinical Evaluation Team responses

Upcoming events

The NHS Clinical Evaluation Team leads 'Clinical Conversation' events across the country, where NHS clinicians are invited to come along and share their views on what they need from particular products in clinical practice. The discussions that take place at these events inform the clinical criteria used to evaluate those products.

Download this flyer to see the dates and venues of the Clinical Conversation events taking place in early 2018: Join the Clinical Conversation - Jan to Mar 2018.

Reserve your place

The team would like to hear from clinicians representing all professions and departments. If you're interested in attending any of the events, please email