Consultation outcome

UK SMI: National user manual template

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Detail of outcome

The last full scientific review of this document was completed on 19 October 2016.

Read the latest issue of UK SMI U 1.

Detail of feedback received

Timeline of review process

Date review 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

Date document issued: 19 October 2016

Original consultation


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

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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.


National user manual template closed consultation draft

National user manual template closed consultation draft

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Published 5 October 2015
Last updated 2 November 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added review of users' comments October 2016.
  2. Added consultation feedback as attachment 'review comments first consultation November 2015'.
  3. First published.