A multi-disciplinary group of experts specialising in urology across all regions of the UK were facilitated to pinpoint the challenges related to optimising the delivery of OAB services to patients, particularly following the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and then define a set of statements that described ‘ideal’ practice or best practice principles.
A structured online survey was developed and disseminated across other urology specialists across the UK. The online survey tested the strength of agreement that existed in relation to the statements (best practice principles) developed.
A subsequent facilitated review of the full dataset by the steering group led to the development of a core set of recommendations that reflected the results achieved. These were focused on the optimal management and treatment of overactive bladder.
A commissioning guide was developed which outlines the case for change, acting on clear, expert validated best practice principles to optimise the care pathway. Also included, is a practical checklist which helps decision-makers to audit their current guidance. To support this, there is a suggested ‘model care pathway’ to help illustrate how local or regional guidance could be provided, using the validated principles (recommendations) from the expert consensus.