The Evidence-based Interventions programme is an initiative led by clinicians and patients. It is designed to reduce the number of medical or surgical interventions as well as some other tests and treatments which the evidence tells us are inappropriate for some patients in some circumstances and can sometimes do more harm than good.

It means we can improve the quality of care patients receive and free up valuable resources so they can be put to better use elsewhere in the NHS. This is going to be more important than ever as the NHS recovers from the impact of Covid-19 and restores services.

The latest guidance (November 2020) sets out 31 tests, treatments and procedures where the evidence about their effectiveness or appropriateness has changed. It builds on an earlier list of 17 interventions which became part of the NHS’s statutory guidance in March 2019. It has been compiled by an Independent Expert Advisory Committee, comprising doctors, patients and commissioners and takes full account of the views of specialist societies and international evidence. That committee is hosted by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which also coordinated the engagement throughout July and August for the EBI list 2 proposals.

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