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UK SMI: national user manual template

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Timeline of current draft process

Date draft started: 23 June 2015

First consultation: 5 October 2015 to 6 November 2015

Second consultation: 25 January 2016 to 22 February 2016

Document discussed at the following working group meetings:

  • 18 November 2015
  • 14 April 2016

Original consultation

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This consultation asks for comments in relation to the UK SMI: national user manual template.


User manual template draft: under consultation

User manual template draft: under consultation

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Consultation description

Please note that the deadline has been extended to 6 November 2015.

Public Health England has opened a consultation this week in joint partnership with professional organisations.

Consultation is now open on the UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMI) national user manual template. The template contains standard headings and suggestions for how to populate each heading. The template is not related at this time to any specific syndrome or condition, however it is planned that worked examples of use will follow in the next phase of development. In order to reflect the needs of all potential users, the working group has decided to ask for opinions on basic content at an early stage of document production.

The remit to produce the user manual has been undertaken by the Standards Unit following consultation with users and will supersede the syndromic algorithms. When complete, the user manual should deliver significant benefits including:

  • standardisation of user manuals across the UK
  • best use of laboratory services which will improve
    • antimicrobial stewardship
    • patient outcomes
    • public health outcomes
    • use of resources
    • compliance with UKAS accreditation standards

In addition to any general or specific comments that you may have, we would appreciate feedback on the following points:

  1. Is the proposed layout of headings appropriate; could this be organised in a more user friendly way?
  2. Do the scope and suggestions for each heading cover all user requirements; are there any gaps?

If you need any more information on this initiative please contact the Standards Unit.