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Public Minutes HTA Programme Oversight Committee June 2019




HTA Programme Oversight Committee

Date and time 

Friday 7 June 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm


The Duke and Duchess Rooms
Chandos House
2 Queen Anne Street
London W1G 9LQ


Professor Hywel Williams (Chair)
Professor Andrew Bradbury
Professor Lucy Chappell
Professor Andrew Farmer
Professor Steve Goodacre
Dr Ira Madan
Mrs Catherine White
Dr Geoff Wong

Mrs Anna Cutler
Dr Simon Fraser
Miss Kimberley Harris
Dr Claire Kidgell
Dr Jemma Kwint

Mr Mike Batley
Mr Michael Bowdery
Dr Alan McNair

Research Priority decisions

The Prioritisation Group considered a total of 27 detailed briefing papers (research briefs) which had previously been prioritised by three Topic Identification, Development and Evaluation (TIDE) panels, three Prioritisation Committees and the National Stakeholder Advisory Group. The following research priorities were agreed:


Mental Health Panel

 PA No Research type Title
 Resubmission invited  Primary research  Improving communication for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities
 Resubmission invited  Primary research  A psychological programme for adults with intellectual disability and harmful sexual behaviours
 19/761  Primary research  Antipsychotics for young people with anorexia nervosa


Primary Care Panel 

PA No Research type Title
 19/691  Primary research   Clinical and cost-effectiveness of alternative urinary catheter design
 19/721  Evidence synthesis   Pain relief strategies for dressing change in chronic wounds


Women and Children’s Health Panel

PA NoResearch typeTitle
Resubmission invited Primary research Rotation of the fetal head at full cervical dilatation


Prioritisation Committee: Integrated community health and social care

PA No Research type Title
2 Evidence synthesis Interventions for fibromyalgia-related sleep problems
19/78 Primary research Ambulatory oxygen therapy in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
19/77 Primary research Monitoring and follow-up for adults with hearing loss
19/70 Unknown – open study design Cervical spine immobilisation following blunt trauma


Prioritisation Committee: Hospital based care

PA NoResearch type Title
 19/73  Primary research  The use of mucoactive agents for patients with acute respiratory failure in critical care
 19/79   Unknown – open study design  Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
 19/80  Primary research  Posterior decompressive surgery with fixation for degenerative cervical myelopathy  
 19/81  Primary research  Neoadjuvant endocrine therapy for postmenopausal women with breast cancer
 19/71  Primary research  OCT-angiography for the detection of neovascular age-related macular degeneration
 19/74  Primary research  Neurostimulation for phantom limb pain
 19/82   Primary research   Conservative management of odontoid fracture in the elderly: to immobilise or not?


Prioritisation Committee: Maternal, child and mental health care

 PA No Research type Title
 19/83  Mixed methods   Children and young people at risk of not being immunised
 19/84   Primary research  Surgical treatment for severe stable slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) in children
 19/87  Primary research  Night-time only bracing for scoliosis
 19/85  Primary research  Anti-reflux medication to reduce stricture formation following oesophageal atresia repair
 19/86  Mixed methods   Thromboprophylaxis in pregnancy and after delivery


National Stakeholder Advisory Group

PA No  Research type Title 
19/88 Evidence Synthesis Ablative and non-invasive therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma
19/751  Primary research   Stem cell transplant for adults with severe sickle cell disease

1 These research priorities are being re-advertised

2 This research priority will be directly commissioned

Future HTA Programme Oversight Committee 2019 meetings: 2019 dates

4 October 2019