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Public Minutes HTA Programme Oversight Committee (commissioned workstream) October 2021


Published: 26 November 2021

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HTA Programme Oversight Committee

Date and time

Friday 15 October 2021, from 10.00am to 1.45pm


Virtual meeting


Professor Andrew Farmer (Chair)
Professor Anthony de-Soyza
Professor Marian Knight
Dr Kamal Mahtani
Professor Rupert Pearse
Ms Gail Thornton
Professor Olivia Wu


Dr Martin Ashton-Key
Mrs Steph Garfield-Birkbeck
Dr Tara Cheetham-Blake
Dr Lisa Douet
Dr Rob Gray
Ms Sharon Gray
Ms Tess Green
Dr Amy Halls
Dr Neil Henderson
Dr Claire Kidgell
Miss Elizabeth Lemm
Mrs Carol Ozuak
Ms Elke Streit
Mrs Agnieszka Terry


Dr Alan McNair

Research priority decisions

The HTA Programme Oversight Committee considered a total of 17 detailed briefing papers (research briefs). The outcomes are listed below:

Prioritisation Committee: Integrated community health and social care

Call NoResearch typeTitle
 Advertise 21/578* Primary research Antidepressants for post-stroke emotionalism
 Advertise 21/592 Broad brief Hypertension in pregnancy
 Advertise 21/589 Primary research Coenzyme Q10 in chronic heart failure

Prioritisation Committee: Hospital based care

Call NoResearch typeTitle
 Advertise 21/ 580* Primary research Maintenance treatment for bipolar disorder
 Advertise 21/581 Primary research Colpocleisis for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse in women
 Advertise 21/584 Primary research Point of care Doppler ultrasound prior to emergency scrotal exploration
 Advertise 21/585 Primary research Early endovascular repair in type b uncomplicated sub-acute aortic dissection
 Advertise 21/586 Primary research Management of Perthes’ disease in children
 Advertise 21/587 Primary research Should we prescribe postoperative antibiotics to patients with facial fracture? 
 Advertise 21/588 Primary research Timing of pharmacological thromboprophylaxis in traumatic brain injury
 Advertise 21/593 Broad brief Pain management for children and young people (0-19 years)
 Advertise 21/590 Primary research Thromboprophylaxis following endovenous treatment for people with varicose veins
Advertise 21/591 Primary research Surgical treatment of proximal ACL ruptures with ACL repair or ACL reconstruction

National Stakeholder Research Priorities

Call NoResearch typeTitle
Delayed decision Primary research Low energy contact X-ray brachytherapy (Papillon technique) or local excision for people with early stage rectal cancer where major surgery is not planned
Advertise 21/582 Primary research Point of care ultrasound for breech presentation at term
Delayed decision Primary research Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) for pelvic floor disorders
Delayed decision Primary research Diagnostic accuracy of pulse oximeters

* These research priorities are being re-advertised

Future HTA Programme Oversight Committee 2022 meetings: 2022 dates

• 11 February 2022
• 17 June 2022
• 21 October 2022