Guidelines Development Group

The objective of the Guidelines Development Group (GDG) is to develop evidence-based European Guidelines for breast cancer screening and diagnosis (the European Breast Guidelines) for screening and diagnosis.

The GDG will follow the GRADE approach in defining the healthcare question of interest (population of interest, interventions to be compared and patient-relevant outcomes- PICO), synthesizing the evidence and developing the recommendations for the Guidelines. This will be carried out within virtual working environments and in meetings organised every three months. The initial draft documents and the final versions before publication are subject of open calls for feedback launched online.

The members are also invited to contribute to the other ECIBC objectives, the Digital Mammography Training Template and the European Guidelines Platform covering all processes of care (from screening to end-of-life care). 

An external contractor, CCIb –Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre, supports the GDG for their tasks from literature review to drafting of recommendations.

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Helen McGarrigle

Helen McGarrigle

Helen McGarrigle trained as a registered nurse in Scotland before moving to Wales. She worked as a staff nurse, then as ward sister on a surgical ward for 10 years before she became Clinical Nurse Specialist in Breast Care, a role which she has continued  for 22 years. During that time she has gained a Bachelor Degree and a Masters Degree in Nursing, she also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

She leads a team of 5 breast care nurses in the purpose built Breast Centre and has a special interest in neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

She is a Breast Cancer Care "Champion" for younger women with breast cancer and has recently been involved in writing guidelines for fertility for younger women with breast cancer.

Helen was the surgical breast care nurse representative in Macmillan's "Beyond Breast Cancer" project which aims to provide early breast cancer patients with a clear treatment follow up pathway and personalised care plan, and is now lead for embedding the pathway across South Wales.

Apart from her interest in breast care, Helen also feels strongly about involving patients in decisions about their care and for the last 5 years has been a clinical lead on the "MAGIC" study into shared decision making.

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Last update: 2018