Thank you for being part of our BSH writing groups.

 Each BSH guideline follows a standard template which your writing group should use.

BSH Guideline Template 

BSH Good Practice Paper Template 

As a writing group member, please fill in the declaration of interest form below before you begin working on your guideline.

Declaration of Interest for Writing Group Members

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Personal Details
If you are contributing to a guideline you must consider whether or not you have any interests that could conflict with your role. Conflicts of interest have to be declared before appointment to a Writing Group.

Declaration of Interests

A non-personal interest involves payment which benefits a department for which a member is responsible, but is not received by the member personally. The main examples are: Fellowships: the holding of a fellowship endowed by the healthcare industry or any other grant funding organisation. Support by the healthcare industry: any payment, other support or sponsorship by the healthcare industry which does not convey any pecuniary or material benefits to a member personally but which does benefit his/her position or department e.g. A grant from a company for the running of a unit or department for which a member is responsible; A grant or fellowship or other payment to sponsor a post or a member of staff in the unit for which the member is responsible. This does not include financial assistance for students; The commissioning of research or other work by, or advice from, staff who work in a unit for which the member is responsible
Non-personal, non-specific interest if he or she is aware that the department for which he or she is responsible is currently receiving payment from the healthcare industry concerned which does not relate specifically to the product under consideration.
‘Family members’ refers to a spouse or partner living in the same residence as the member or employee, children for whom the member or employee is legally responsible, and adults for whom the member or employee is legally responsible (for example, an adult whose full power of attorney is held by the individual). A personal family interest relates to the personal interests of a family member and involves a current payment to the family member of the employee or member. The interest may relate to the manufacturer or owner of a product or service being evaluated, in which case it is regarded as ‘specific’, or to the industry or sector from which the product or service comes, in which case it is regarded as ‘non-specific’. The main examples include the following: Any consultancy, directorship, position in or work for a healthcare industry that attracts regular or occasional payments in cash or in kind. Any fee-paid work commissioned by a healthcare industry for which the member is paid in cash or in kind. Any shareholdings, or other beneficial interests, in a healthcare industry which is either held by the family member or for which an individual covered by this Code has legal responsibility (for example, children, or adults whose full Power of Attorney is held by the individual). Expenses and hospitality provided by a healthcare industry company (except where they are provided to a general class of people such as attendees at an open conference). Funds which include investments in the healthcare industry that are held in a portfolio over which individuals have the ability to instruct the fund manager as to the composition of the fund. No personal family interest exists in the case of: Assets over which individuals have no financial control (for example, wide portfolio unit trusts and occupational pension funds) and where the fund manager has full discretion as to its composition (for example, the Universities Superannuation Scheme) Accrued pension rights from earlier employment in the healthcare industry.


If you incur expenses as part of the Guideline writing process, please read our expenses policy (.doc) before completing the expenses claim form (.doc).