Friday, 3 January 2014

Day 84: Individual Treatment Panel

In October 2013 our Board agreed an updated policy for funding individual requests for treatment falling outside what is normally funded locally by the NHS.  Today I attended our regular panel meeting to consider the requests that we’ve received recently.  The panels decisions are based on how exceptional the individual case is, whether the condition treatment is requested for is rare and also how strong the evidence is for clinical and cost effectiveness of requested treatment.  None of the decisions were easy as they all related to individual patients needing treatment, but decision-making was professional and aligned to our policy.