Involving Patients, Carers and the Public in Option Appraisal for Major Health Service Changes

Option appraisal can be a lengthy and complex process, particularly when it relates to major change in health services. Economists and other specialists may be comfortable with the techniques and concepts, but NHS staff, patients, carers and the public can find it very difficult to understand. This can add considerably to the challenges which are involved in the process, particularly if the proposed changes are contentious.

Involving people in option appraisalThis paper, Involving Patients, Carers and the Public in Option Appraisal for Major Health Service ChangesPDF document , has been written primarily for NHS Boards who are planning to involve patients, carers and the public in option appraisal processes, and in particular, in weighted scoring events. However, it may also be of interest to local community groups who may be asked to take part in these processes. It does not provide a model process for Boards to follow. Instead, it highlights points for Boards to consider when planning weighted scoring events, building on learning from the experiences of Boards who have grappled with the challenges of involving people throughout the process, and of patients and members of the public who have taken part.

(February 2010)