The guidelines have evolved from locally-derived protocols (mainly developed using non-systematic approaches) to systematically-developed national clinical practice guidelines based on current best evidence.
The Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee Guideline Development Group (JRCALC-GDG), chaired by Dr Simon Brown, was responsible for developing and reviewing national clinical practice guidelines for NHS paramedics although the principles are applicable to all pre-hospital clinicians.
The guidelines were reviewed on a rolling basis but were previously published on a five year cycle. However, due to the rapidly developing evidence base and the emerging technological options for publication the guidelines will now be developed updated on a more frequent basis and in a variety of format options.
Working closely with the National Ambulance Service Medical Directors (NASMeD) guideline development sub-groups will develop specific guidelines that conform to the AGREE II standard.
Read the Standard for Guidelines Development here.
Guidelines – related links:
Access to the JRCALC clinical practice guidelines and other useful guideline related information is available from the links below.