About Individual Funding Requests

An Individual Funding Request (IFR) is a request to fund, for an individual patient, an intervention or treatment that falls outside existing contracts and commissioning arrangements. This request must be made by an NHS funded clinician (GP, consultant or equivalent autonomous practitioner) who is responsible for overseeing the requested treatment. See below for more information.


Making an Individual Funding Request

Funding requests must be made on the basis of…

Clinical Exceptionality – where the patient is suffering from a presenting medical condition for which NHS South East London has a policy but where the requested treatment has not been agreed to be funded under the policy or rarity and the patient would gain more clinical benefit from the treatment from other with the same diagnosis, or…

Rarity – where a patient has a very rare clinical condition and no commissioning policy exists because the low probability of the condition occurring among the NHS South East London’s population means that an explicit policy is not warranted.

An individual funding request can be made by the clinician treating you if they believe that because your clinical circumstances are exceptional, you will receive benefit from a treatment or service that isn’t routinely offered by the NHS.

When can an individual funding request be made?

An individual funding request can be made for a treatment that is not routinely offered by the NHS:

  • when your clinician believes that your clinical circumstances are clearly significantly different to other patients with the same condition, and
  • when there is a reason why you would benefit significantly more than other patients – and therefore gain more clinical benefit from the treatment.

How do I apply for an IFR?

Applications are not accepted from individuals.  An NHS Clinician, such as your GP or specialist Consultant (NHS) will need to make an application by completing this application form or by applying online via the IFR database, Blueteq. For further information on online submission please contact the IFR team by email to ifr@selondonics.nhs.uk.

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