The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) receives money from the Government to pay for healthcare for everyone registered with a GP. Their job is to get best value for this money by spending it wisely on your behalf. Demand for healthcare is growing, but there is only a set amount of money available to spend so difficult decisions may have to be made.
The priority is paying for those medicines and treatments that are proven to work well, can demonstrate they improve peoples’ health and offer good value for money. As a result there are some treatments the local CCGs do not normally commission.
The Individual Funding Request website explains how a GP or consultant can ask, on the patients behalf, for treatments that are not normally funded locally on the NHS. This is called an Individual Funding Request (IFR).
The process is managed on behalf of the local CCGs by the IFR team within South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit.
Website: Individual Funding Request website
Telephone: 01753 636830