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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.

Find out more about the team and its role:

NHS Clinical Evaluation Team Operating Manual

Clinical Pathway

Team Charter

Work plan 2016-18

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 members of the NHS Clinical Evaluation Team have finalised their first round of clinical review reports which are now available below.

Adult ECG electrodes

Final report

Product assessment results:

Foam Offset | Foam Onset Wet | Foam Onset Dry | Foam Dual Connector | Cloth | Tabs | Tape

Blunt drawing up devices with and without filter

Final report | Product assessment results

Examination gloves

Final report | Product assessment results

Film and film islands

We are currently updating the film and film islands report. A new version will be available here soon.

Gelling fibres

We are currently updating the gelling fibres report. A new version will be available here soon.

Open suction catheters and suction tubing

Final report | Product assessment results

Procedure underpads

Final report | Product assessment results

Syringes - hypodermic luer slip

Final report | Product assessment results

Patient Dry Wipes

Final report | Product assessment results

Skin Barrier Films

Final report | Product assessment results

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

Adult ECG electrodes

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.

September events

  • 12 September, St James's University Hospital, Leeds
  • 13 September, John Moores University, Liverpool
  • 25 September, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
  • 28 September, NHS Victoria House, Cambridge

Events begin at 10am and finish at 4pm.

Products to be discussed at the September events include:

  • safety blood lancets
  • safety hypodermic needles
  • safety IV cannulas
  • hydrocolloid dressings

October/November events

  • 25 October, W12 conference centre, Hammersmith Hospital Campus, London
  • 31 October, Regent Centre, Gorsforth, Newcastle
  • 2 November, St Michaels Hospital, Bristol
  • 6 November, Sheffield

Products to be discussed at the October and November events include:

  • indwelling urinary catheters
  • tubular bandages
  • super absorbers
  • barrier creams
  • wound closure strips
  • needlefree connectors

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