Evusheld - UK National Expert Policy Group

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Dear NHS England,

Please can you detail for the UK National Expert Policy Working Group/Evusheld UK National Expert Policy Working Group (“the Working Group”):

1. Who are the current members of the Working Group?
2. When was the Working Group established?
3. What are the terms of reference of the Working Group?
4. To what body does the Working Group report?
5. What dates meetings took place this year?
6. For the period 1 July 2022 to 20 August please provide:
- all papers prepared by, considered by or circulated within the Working Group in connection with Evusheld. This will include all agenda items, clinical advice and all papers, emails or other electronic media however used; and
- all papers, emails or other communications from the Working Group or individual members of the Working Group to and from Professor James Palmer

For the avoidance of doubt when I refer to Evusheld I mean the product with the brand name Evusheld which could be called a combination of tixagevimab and cilgavimab, AZD7442 or any other name that this Working Group or the NHS uses either jointly or severally for these compounds.

Yours faithfully,

Louise Bicknell

CONTACTUS, England (NHS ENGLAND – X24), NHS England

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FOICRM (NHS ENGLAND - X24), NHS England

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Dear Louise Bicknell,  

Thank you for your communication dated 16 September 2022.

Your request was:

"Dear NHS England,
Please can you detail for the UK National Expert Policy Working
Group/Evusheld UK National Expert Policy Working Group (“the Working
Group”):

1. Who are the current members of the Working Group?
2. When was the Working Group established?
3. What are the terms of reference of the Working Group?
4. To what body does the Working Group report?
5. What dates meetings took place this year?
6. For the period 1 July 2022 to 20 August please provide:

- all papers prepared by, considered by or circulated within the Working
Group in connection with Evusheld. This will include all agenda items,
clinical advice and all papers, emails or other electronic media however
used; and

- all papers, emails or other communications from the Working Group or
individual members of the Working Group to and from Professor James Palmer

For the avoidance of doubt when I refer to Evusheld I mean the product
with the brand name Evusheld which could be called a combination of
tixagevimab and cilgavimab, AZD7442 or any other name that this Working
Group or the NHS uses either jointly or severally for these compounds."

NHS England holds some information in relation to your request.

Please can you detail for the UK National Expert Policy Working
Group/Evusheld UK National Expert Policy Working Group (“the Working
Group”):

1. Who are the current members of the Working Group?
The Working Group only meets as required (it met twice) and is not active
at this time; however, there is a list of invited members in the Term of
Reference document, which is attached as a PDF.

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2. When was the Working Group established?
19/04/2022

3. What are the terms of reference of the Working Group?
Please see the attached PDF document.

4. To what body does the Working Group report?
A UK national expert working group is convened by NHS England on behalf of
the Chief Medical Officer as part of pandemic specific arrangements put in
place to support UK wide access to evidence based COVID therapies in the
NHS. Where a positive deployment decision is indicated, a rapid policy
statement (RPS) will be drafted based on best available clinical evidence
and consensus from expert members. Any draft RPSs that have been developed
by the group will then be circulated to members of the Specialised
Services Clinical Panel (with additional devolved nation representation)
for further review and comment. Drafts will then be considered and
endorsed by NHS England’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and  Medical
Director , following which they will be submitted to the UK Chief Medical
Officer(s) for final sign-off for publication. 

5. What dates meetings took place this year?
26 April 2022
19 May 2022

6. For the period 1 July 2022 to 20 August please provide:

- all papers prepared by, considered by or circulated within the Working
Group in connection with Evusheld. This will include all agenda items,
clinical advice and all papers, emails or other electronic media however
used; and
No documents were circulated during this period as there were no meetings
between these dates.

- all papers, emails or other communications from the Working Group or
individual members of the Working Group to and from Professor James Palmer
There were no emails sent to and from Professor Palmer in this period.

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