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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 NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG 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 reviews each individual case, which is anonymous to them and assesses the application and whether there is a need. The panel assesses whether the treatment is both clinically and cost-effective.

Clinical Threshold Policies can be found here

The Norfolk and Waveney CCGs have a joint individual funding policy for non-drugs. See Frequently asked questions and the Patient Guide

To help you understand the processes for individual funding requests we have put together flowchart here. Plain English version here.

For further information about IFRs please call 01502 719500 and ask to speak to

Updated 18 October 2018

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