Evidence Based Procurement Board (EBPB)

The Evidence Based Procurement Board (EBPB - formerly the All Wales Medical Devices and Consumables Strategy Group - AWMDCSG) consists of professionals from within NHS Wales and Welsh research bodies, making recommendations and guidance for value and evidence based procurement of medical technologies for NHS Wales, whilst advising the Shared Services Committee, the Financial Delivery Unit and the Welsh Government Efficiency Healthcare Value & Improvement Group.

The Board, which had its inaugural meeting in November 2015,  assists with the rationalisation and standardisation agenda in line with Prudent healthcare principles, and is underpinned with the “Once for Wales” philosophy. It will also assess whether NHS Wales should discard devices/technologies if they are deemed inappropriate or wasteful.

The EBPB is chaired by Dr Stephen Edwards, Assistant Medical Director and Consultant in Anaesthetics, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board with members drawn from across the Welsh NHS and academia. The Board is hosted by NWSSP (NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership) which also provides the secretariat for the Group.

Papers and reviews commissioned by the Board and opinions of the Board are available below.

The Board welcomes Topic proposals and suggestions  from Welsh NHS organisations where they think that the EBPB could undertake reviews of evidence, cost effectiveness and safety, and issue practical guidance for NHS Wales. The EBPB This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are happy to assist in the framing of appropriate questions and Topic referrals.

If you become aware of substantial change in the evidence base or circumstances related to published advice, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will then consider whether a review is necessary.

How do I submit a Topic referral to EBPB ?

Fill in a Topic Referral Form (TRF - available as a Word or PDF file) and submit it to the email address at the top of that form. Forms will only be accepted from within NHS Wales.

EBPB Advice statements, Evidence Reviews and other documents - see list underneath.

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