The local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) receive 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 people's health and offer good value for money. As a result, there are some treatments the local CCGs do not normally commission.

This website explains how your GP or consultant can ask, on your behalf, for treatments that are not normally funded locally on the NHS. This is called an Individual Funding Request (IFR).

The IFR process is managed on behalf of the local CCGs by the IFR team within the NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit.

The following website is for patients, the public and clinicians in Berkshire, Bedfordhsire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon and other areas in and around the Thames Valley. To find out if you are covered, visit the Individual Funding Requests website.

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