Stage 2. Remove out-of-scope submissions
The PSP’s scope will have been defined in its Protocol. Scope may relate to the area of the disease, a particular type of patient (e.g. adults or children) or the type of uncertainties being addressed. PSPs should keep a separate record of submissions which are out of scope and ensure members of the Steering Group including patients, carers and clinicians and their representatives, are happy with the decisions taken about which questions are in or out of scope prior to any interim prioritisation.
Where submissions are out of scope, PSPs need to have decided what to do with them. Some PSPs have made arrangements with relevant organisations to pass them on. For example, the Sight Loss and Vision PSP agreed to send submissions better suited to social research to a partner organisation which was interested in addressing these. The Dementia PSP removed submissions which were not uncertainties, but were indicative of a need for better information sharing, and passed them to the Alzheimer’s Society communications team.