The joint EAC is a collaboration between YHEC and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Medical Physics Department (Newcastle and York EAC). It is one of four centres that have been commissioned by NICE to provide independent assessment of the evidence for medical technologies and related economic analysis.
The Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme (MTEP) selects and evaluates new or innovative medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics). MTEP helps the NHS adopt efficient and cost-effective medical devices and diagnostics more rapidly and consistently.
The Newcastle and York EAC also has a central role in developing and facilitating independent research products when NICE medical technology or diagnostics guidance recommends that further research should be carried out.
The EMU has been commissioned by NICE to produce the economic analyses and associated economic models to NICE specifications to aid the Public Health Advisory Committees in guideline development. In addition, the EMU will be commissioned to carry out projects to address methodological issues identified by the PHSCC.
NICE public health guidelines make recommendations on local interventions that can help prevent disease or improve health. The guidelines are aimed at public health professionals, practitioners and others with a direct or indirect role in public health. This may be within the NHS, local authorities, the wider public, voluntary, community and private sectors.
YHEC was commissioned to develop an approach to the assessment of the cost-effectiveness of new indicators for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). YHEC provided economic analysis to the NICE Indicator Advisory Committee twice yearly for new performance indicators, which were piloted and assessed by the University of Birmingham. This involved net benefit analysis of the impact of incentivising primary care to adopt relevant NICE recommendations across a range of diseases and conditions.