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.
Membership of current subgroups can be viewed here.
The new JRCALC Supplementary Guidelines 2017 are now available as a standalone document or bundled with the full 2016 Guidelines. Read more about how to order those here – including electronic versions.
Guidelines – related links:
Access to the JRCALC clinical practice guidelines and other useful guideline related information is available from the links below.