Individual funding for NHS treatment
There is some treatment available through the NHS that is not automatically available for all patients. This might be funding for a specific kind of drug or for cosmetic surgery.
If a patient feels they have a need for a certain kind of treatment that is not “routinely funded” through the NHS they will need to talk to their doctor or another clinician about this.
If that health professional feels there is a clinical need for the procedure, this has to be approved by a group called the Individual Funding Request (IFR) Panel.
This panel is a joint panel between HealthEast and the four other Norfolk CCGs made up of experts including clinicians who look at each application on a case by case basis. The panel review each individual case, which is anonymous to them, and assess the application and whether there is a need. The panel assesses whether the treatment is both clinically and cost effective.
HealthEast has a policy in place for Individual Funding Requests (IFR). This policy describes the process for making decisions about individual funding requests.
There are several clinical policies and statements for specialised services commissioning relating to individual funding for specialised services.
For further information about IFRs please call 01502 719500 and ask to speak to
- the clinical commissioning manager for children's, young people's and maternity services
- the clinical commissioning manager for mental health and learning disabilities services
- the clinical commissioning manager for planned care
The CCG has an information leaflet ‘Your treatment and individual funding’ to further assist you with any queries.