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Individual Funding Requests (IFR)

Every year NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group receives a set amount of money from the Government to pay for healthcare. The CCG has a duty to spend this money in a fair and efficient way, taking into account the health needs of the whole local community, for which the CCGs have commissioning (funding) responsibility.

In some instances the clinician in charge of the care of the patient's specific condition, usually a hospital doctor, may think the case is very different to other patients with the same condition and, because of that difference, the patient may be able to have a treatment that is not normally funded. This is referred to as having clinically exceptional circumstances. Requests for this type of treatment must be made through an Individual Funding Request (IFR).

The patient cannot apply for funding themselves. It is the clinician in charge of the care of the patient's specific conditions responsibility to present the patient's exceptional circumstances and provide clinical evidence to support the request.