All BCSH guidelines are initiated by one of the four Task Forces who invite a writing group of experts in their clinical fields to draft the guideline. The writing groups follow a procedure for guidelines commissioned by BCSH (see flowcharts below for more information) and endeavour to involve all relevant stakeholders and a wide range of experts in the guideline production including, where suitable, patient groups. The final guidelines are reviewed by both the Task Force and a sounding board of consultant haematologists and clinical scientists prior to publication as well as any other professional bodies that the Task Force deems necessary. Should you have any queries about the process of writing BCSH guidelines please do contact us. You can also see a copy of the Terms of Reference of BCSH as decided by the British Society for Haematology.
Scope of guidelines
All guidelines are written for UK haematologists although the guidance is usually broadly applicable to hospitals and laboratories across the world.
EVIDENCE LEVELS AND GRADES OF RECOMMENDATION
Guidelines prior to 2010 used the classification of evidence and grading of recommendations as devised by the US Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). Guidelines published from 2010 have used the "GRADE" nomenclature.
DOCUMENTS FOR TASK FORCES AND WRITING GROUPS
Documents that Task Force and Writing Group members may find useful.