Clinicians, on behalf of their patients, are entitled to make a request to NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in exceptional circumstances for treatment that is not normally commissioned by Richmond CCG.  This is known as “individual funding request” or “IFR”.

Effective Commissioning Initiative (ECI) policy ​sets out the treatments and procedures for which restricted access criteria have been agreed. The access criteria are based on evidence of clinical effectiveness. This policy is reviewed and updated annually.

Applications for individual funding requests should be made for treatments and procedures that are not covered by this policy, or where a patient does not meet the criteria in the policy but is exceptional in requiring the procedure.

How to apply

An IFR can only be made by an NHS clinician (GP and/or consultant) who can apply on behalf of any patient registered with a GP in the borough of Richmond.  Clinicians should contact the IFR team – details below – for further information on making an IFR.​

Direct applications from patients are not considered, but information from patients in support of an application is welcomed.

Click here to read a leaflet for patients which explains the process for submitting an individual funding request​.

How to contact the team

NHS North East Commissioning Support Unit (NELCSU) manages IFRs on behalf of Richmond CCG.​

​Correspondence should be sent to:

IFR Team
3rd floor
1 Lower Marsh
London SE1 7NT