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Medical Treatments: Innovation

Question for Department of Health

UIN 60452, tabled on 17 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England decided on the process of describing the two phases of the Commissioning through Evaluation programme.

Answered on

25 January 2017

NHS England’s Commissioning through Evaluation (CtE) programme was established in 2013 and from its inception, included an initial recruitment phase (during which eligible patients would receive treatment as part of a time limited formal evaluation programme undertaken in a limited number of selected participating centres), followed by a separate analysis phase during which recruited patients would continue to receive appropriate follow up care, but no new patients would be treated.

The schemes are specifically intended to gather valuable new evaluative information to support subsequent review of the relevant NHS England clinical commissioning policy. A ‘Methods’ document will be published in March to help stakeholders with an interest in the CtE programme to better understand the process from scheme identification through to the review of the policy concerned.