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Health Technology Appraisals

This involves working with bodies such as the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) and the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) to ensure that the views of patients are taken into account when making decisions over access to drugs and treatments.

A key area of our work involves representing the interests of patients during Health Technology Appraisals (HTAs), to assist in making drugs and treatment available for blood cancer patients. We aim to represent the views of blood cancer patients in all relevant HTAs throughout the UK.

HTAs (also known as Health Technology Assessments) are the process of evaluating the clinical and economic evidence to formulate and publish guidance on the appropriate use of technologies. There are two types of appraisal:

As a patient organisation, our role during the appraisal process is to represent the views and best interests of patients to whom the technology applies, to ensure that they remain at the centre of the decision making process. We present information from patients on the effects that their illness or condition has on the quality of their lives and on the lives of their carers, family and friends. We also explain the difference the technology being reviewed could make to their condition and their quality of life.

Although we work closely with government and non-governmental bodies during HTAs, we work hard to ensure we retain our independence. In order to retain our independence we work strictly within our Code of Practice. We pride ourselves on our independence and work solely in the interests of patients, free from external influence, at all times.