Individual funding requests
The NHS has a duty to spend the money it receives from the Government in a fair and efficient way, taking into account the health needs of the whole local community.
As there is only a set amount of money available to spend we sometimes have to make difficult decisions about which treatments are routinely provided.
In some circumstances, your clinician (usually a GP or consultant) may think you have exceptional clinical circumstances and may benefit from a treatment which is not routinely provided.
Requests for such treatments must be made through an Individual Funding Request (IFR).
For Northamptonshire patients, the same IFR policy is used across the East Midlands to ensure we treat patients consistently and fairly no matter where they live.