Development process and timescale
A Programme Manager works with each guideline development group to guide them through each step of the process. An Evidence and Information Scientist works with the group to develop appropriate search strategies and identify relevant evidence. The Evidence and Information Scientist and a Health Service Researcher appraise and summerise the evidence. All administration associated with the work of the group is done by SIGN staff. The life span of each guideline development group is approximately 30 months, with groups meeting on average once every two months. Guideline development group members are asked to fulfil certain roles and responsibilities for their group.
Benefits of being a SIGN guideline development group member
Being a member of a SIGN guideline development group is a considerable commitment. In return we offer training and skills enhancement opportunities, the opportunity to get to know the literature in your field inside out and the chance to be involved in developing national advice and improving outcomes for patients in Scotland.
If you are interested in joining a group please contact Gaynor Rattray at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 623 4730 or write to SIGN, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9EB, or use the contact form opposite.
If you are an interested patient please contact Karen Graham, Patient Involvement Officer at email@example.com to find out more about how patients can get involved in guideline development.
As part of the group, to identify key issues, formulate clinical questions, review the evidence and draft recommendations. The group is also asked to present the draft guideline at a National Open Meeting