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Individual Funding Requests

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Can I get the treatment I need?

Each Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is allocated a fixed amount of money for the healthcare needs of its local population. CCGs follow a prioritisation process to decide which treatments and services will be funded as it is not possible to fund every available treatment. The aim of the prioritisation process is to ensure services offer the most benefit to the largest number of patients, whilst also ensuring the process is fair to the whole population and that public money is spent wisely.

As a result there are a number of treatments and services that North Staffordshire CCG does not routinely fund. However, your GP or Consultant may make a request for a treatment or service that we do not routinely fund if they feel there are exceptional clinical circumstances related to your case.

This process is known as the Individual Funding Request (IFR) Process.

Our IFR Patient Leaflet sets out how to make an  document IFR Application (41 KB) , a summary of the process and what you can expect at each stage. Please speak with your clinician as they would normally make a request on your behalf.
The Commissioning Policy for excluded and restricted procedures sets out the treatments and services that the CCG does not routinely commission or where access is restricted, you can be read on the CCG policies page
The Commissioning Policy for pdf Excluded & Restricted Procedures Policy (1.63 MB) sets out the treatments and services that the CCG does not routinely commission or where access is restricted.
NHS England has adopted, in their existing form, a number of interim generic policies which underpin its direct commissioning responsibilities. These interim policies were put in place from 1 April 2013 and set the overall parameters within which care will be evaluated, planned and delivered.
Direct commissioning responsibilities information can be found at the NHS Commissioning website and the generic policies can be found at the NHS England website.

Contact the IFR team

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Individual Funding Request Department,
CCG Headquarters, First Floor,
Staffordshire Place 2,
Stafford, ST16 2LP


  • 07540 668539 / 07395 851582