As a CCG, we have a duty to spend the money we receive from the Government in a fair and efficient way, taking into account the health needs of the local community. As there is only a set amount of money available, priority is given to treatments, services and medicines which have the greatest health gain to patients. This ensures that the quality of care is high and that the health service is offering treatments in line with the latest evidence.
Procedures and treatments that are not routinely provided by the NHS are known as Procedures of Low Clinical Value (POLCV).
Across South Staffordshire, a clinicial priorities group have agreed a list of low value procedures and treament where:
- There is little or no evidence the procedure is effective
- The procedure is only effective in certain circumstances
- The procedure is for cosemetic, rather than clinical reasons.
A list of these procedures is included in the Procedures of Low Clinical Value Policy, which includes the criteria that must be met before the procedure or treatment can be carried out. Consultants will use this to decide whether to provide the treatment or not.
For more information about POLCV please read our flyer.
If your GP considers your circumstances to be exceptional, they can apply for funding by submitting an Individual Funding Request (IFR). For more information: please visit our Individual Funding Requests page.