BTS Guideline on Pleural Disease – call for Guideline Development Group Members

We are pleased to invite applications from individuals to join the new BTS Guideline Development Group.

The Guideline Development Group (GDG) is being led by co-chairs Professor Nick Maskell (North Bristol NHS Trust), Professor Najib Rahman (Oxford University Hospitals) and Dr Mark Roberts (Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), with support from BTS Head Office and the BTS Standards of Care Committee. 

Applications are invited from respiratory consultants, respiratory specialty trainees, thoracic surgery consultants, thoracic radiology consultants, thoracic pathology consultants, thoracic oncology consultants, palliative care consultants and pleural disease specialty nurses.

Please note, all applicant respiratory consultants and respiratory specialty trainees must be BTS members.

Information for Applicants

The guideline process is expected to take approximately 18 months (the anticipated timeline is October 2018 until April 2020) and the main steps in the guideline production process are:

  • Performing a detailed literature review
  • Grading and synthesising the evidence
  • Drafting text and recommendations from the evidence
  • Consulting on the draft via open consultation/expert peer review
  • Editing the guideline in response to consultation feedback; and
  • Publication

Further information on the BTS guideline process is available here.

GDG members will be involved in all stages of the process (including critical appraisal of papers, and preparation of guideline text) and a high level of commitment is expected. GDG members are required to attend all GDG meetings which will be held at BTS Head Office, London (travelling expenses will be reimbursed). All GDG members are required to complete the BTS Declaration of Interest (DOI) form.

BTS is currently incorporating GRADE methodology into the clinical guideline production process and applicants with experience using GRADE guideline production methodology (GRADEPro) are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a short CV (maximum 2 A4 sides), which includes a list of (up to 5) pleural disease peer reviewed papers published by the candidate, and a short statement in support of their application under the following headings (maximum 500 words):

  • Why do you wish to join the GDG?
  • What can you bring to the guideline group that would benefit the production of these guidelines?
  • What pleural procedure training do you have and to what level?
  • What other skills or attributes can you bring to the group?

To apply please click here (you will be asked to login to the BTS website to complete your application).

The closing date is 5pm on Monday 02 July 2018 and candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after the closing date.   

If you have any queries, please contact Stacy Brown (