In Health for all Children’ Hall defines intervention as ‘an activity initiated by a professional intended to deal with a problem affecting health or development. It should take account of the needs and views of the individual, and should aim to develop self-reliance rather than create dependence.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has produced authoritative guidance in the attainment of consistent clinical standards. One of the key stages in this process is the examination and assessment of clinical effectiveness of health interventions.
The Rhine Business Plan for 1999 – 2000 states an intention to adopt the principles of the Government’s Clinical Excellence. Two of the stages in this process are relevant: