The BSH currently has over 80 Guidelines that we develop and maintain.

If you are a member of one of the BSH Task Forces, this is where you will find all the information you need to propose, develop, structure and write your new guideline.

The proposal form should be completed by the Writing Group Chair and/or the Task Force representative. The proposal should have been discussed and agreed by the Task Force before submission to the Guidelines Committee for final approval.

Please ensure you have read the BSH Guidelines Development Process (outlines the BSH Guidelines Guidance development and process, including writing groups job descriptions. before completing this form).  


Each BSH guideline follows a standard template which your writing group should use.

Guidelines style template (Word)
How to structure your new Guideline

BSH Good Practice Paper Template  (Word)
How to structure your Good Practice Paper

Blank Audit Template (Word)
Each guideline should have an accompanying audit template. Here is a blank version for you to start with. 

Guideline Checklist (Word)
Have you included everything you need in your guideline?

If you are a member of a writing group, please fill in the declaration of interest form below before you begin working on your guideline. 


if you have any further queries on guidelines please contact Rita Gupta, Guidelines Project Manager 

Declaration of Interest for Writing Group Members
Personal Details

Declaration of Interests

A non-personal interest involves payment which benefits a department for which a member is responsible, but is not received by the member personally. The main examples are: Fellowships: the holding of a fellowship endowed by the healthcare industry or any other grant funding organisation. Support by the healthcare industry: any payment, other support or sponsorship by the healthcare industry which does not convey any pecuniary or material benefits to a member personally but which does benefit his/her position or department e.g. A grant from a company for the running of a unit or department for which a member is responsible; A grant or fellowship or other payment to sponsor a post or a member of staff in the unit for which the member is responsible. This does not include financial assistance for students; The commissioning of research or other work by, or advice from, staff who work in a unit for which the member is responsible
Non-personal, non-specific interest if he or she is aware that the department for which he or she is responsible is currently receiving payment from the healthcare industry concerned which does not relate specifically to the product under consideration.
‘Family members’ refers to a spouse or partner living in the same residence as the member or employee, children for whom the member or employee is legally responsible, and adults for whom the member or employee is legally responsible (for example, an adult whose full power of attorney is held by the individual). A personal family interest relates to the personal interests of a family member and involves a current payment to the family member of the employee or member. The interest may relate to the manufacturer or owner of a product or service being evaluated, in which case it is regarded as ‘specific’, or to the industry or sector from which the product or service comes, in which case it is regarded as ‘non-specific’. The main examples include the following: Any consultancy, directorship, position in or work for a healthcare industry that attracts regular or occasional payments in cash or in kind. Any fee-paid work commissioned by a healthcare industry for which the member is paid in cash or in kind. Any shareholdings, or other beneficial interests, in a healthcare industry which is either held by the family member or for which an individual covered by this Code has legal responsibility (for example, children, or adults whose full Power of Attorney is held by the individual). Expenses and hospitality provided by a healthcare industry company (except where they are provided to a general class of people such as attendees at an open conference). Funds which include investments in the healthcare industry that are held in a portfolio over which individuals have the ability to instruct the fund manager as to the composition of the fund. No personal family interest exists in the case of: Assets over which individuals have no financial control (for example, wide portfolio unit trusts and occupational pension funds) and where the fund manager has full discretion as to its composition (for example, the Universities Superannuation Scheme) Accrued pension rights from earlier employment in the healthcare industry.

Declaration of Interest for Task Force Members
Personal Details

If you are a BSH Guidelines Task Force member you must consider whether or not you have any interests that could conflict with your role. Conflicts of interest have to be declared when you are appointed and then every year. Data Protection Act 1998 – The information submitted will be held by the BSH for personnel or other reasons specified on this form and to comply with the BSH policies. This information may be held in both manual and computer form in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Information may be disclosed to third parties in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Declaration of Interests
Personal specific interest if he or she has worked within the last two years on a project relevant to the guideline either for the healthcare industry and has personally received payment for that work, in any form or any non-financial interest. If the interest is no longer current, the member may declare it as a lapsed personal specific interest.

Personal non-specific interest if he or she has a current personal interest in the healthcare industry concerned which does not relate specifically to the guideline area under consideration.
Non-personal specific interest if he or she is aware that the department for which he or she is responsible has in the last 5 years worked in the area of the guideline but the member has not personally received payment in any form from the healthcare industry for the work done.
Non-personal, non-specific interest if he or she is aware that the department for which he or she is responsible is currently receiving payment from the healthcare industry concerned which does not relate specifically to the product under consideration.
Family interest. In the last 12 months has a member of your family had any financial involvement with the healthcare industry, or are they planning to have such financial involvement? This could include: o holding a directorship, or other paid position o carrying out consultancy or fee paid work o having shareholdings or other beneficial interests o receiving expenses and hospitality over and above what would be reasonably expected to attend meetings and conferences

If you incur expenses as part of the Guideline writing process, please read our expenses policy (.doc) before completing the expenses claim form (.doc).  

Guideline Proposal form for BSH Guidelines or Good Practice Paper

Before you complete this form, please speak to the Chair of the Task Force that your guideline will relate to. 

You can also download the proposal form and return it to the Rita Gupta, Guidelines Project Manager


BSH Guideline (~5000 words) - Evidence-based guideline developed following a professional literature search and a systematic review of the evidence by the writing group. BSH Good Practice Paper (~2000 words) – used to recommend good practice in areas where there is a less robust evidence base but for which a degree of consensus or uniformity is likely to be beneficial to patient care. A preliminary literature search should be undertaken to confirm there is no high quality evidence.

All writing group must have a Task Force representative
Please state if funding will be used from other bodies to support the development of this guidance and if so detail reasons
e.g. No current guideline available in specific area or new information/test/ drug available which will alter current recommendations.
Is this simply replicating existing guidance from an alternative source? Would it be better to write a BSH Position Paper (~1000 words) to endorse a non-UK guideline?
This may be restricted to those working in the field of clinical or laboratory Haematology but may have a broader audience in some circumstances where the guidance is relevant to other specialties and disciplines. This should be documented and reflected in the composition of the writing group. If a specific group has been contacted please identify them here.
As part of the scoping exercise, clear structured questions should be developed. The PICO model is a valuable tool for this. Patients or population to which the question applies - e.g. age range, gender, clinical description and co-morbidities. Intervention (or diagnostic test, exposure, risk factor, etc.) being considered in relation to these patients Comparison(s) to be made between those receiving the intervention and another group who do not receive the intervention Outcome(s) to be used to establish the size of any effect caused by the intervention.
Guidelines should not usually exceed 5,000 words, Good Practice Papers should not exceed 2,000 words. If it becomes apparent that the guideline will be particularly large the group should discuss this with the Task Force and consideration given to making it more focused.
All must be listed. Please give the following details for each proposed member Name, professional role (eg medical, nursing, BMS), area of expertise, place of work, email address. Include representation from other specialist societies and professional groups if indicated. Patient involvement – depending on the nature of the guideline will range from, membership of the writing guidelines group, review once in draft form by a patient or patient group, or no involvement (eg lab testing guidance). Not to include junior medical staff, doctors not currently practising in the UK It is important to ensure that guidelines are broadly applicable across the UK and that no writing group is dominated by the particular views of any particular region or medical institution; there should be no more than 2 individuals from any one institution.
Other professional organisations and patient groups should be asked to review the draft if this is likely to be helpful


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