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Assisted conception review - position statement

User AvatarPosted by at 29/04/2013 14:22:43
New Clinical Guidelines on Fertility were issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in February 2013. These replace previous Guidelines issued in 2004 and are different both in terms of their scope and the recommendations they make. This has implications for current local policy and eligibility criteria which were broadly based on the 2004 NICE Clinical Guidelines.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Kent and Medway have commissioned KMCS, the Commissioning Support Unit for Kent and Medway, to work with clinicians and patients to review local policy in light of the new NICE Clinical Guidelines and other recently issued legislation. This is a complex task and will take some time to work through.

During 2013/14 we do not anticipate any changes in access criteria or the assisted conception services available to individuals served by Kent and Medway CCGs; for 2013/14 services will be provided in line with current policy.

We anticipate any new policy will be implemented for 2014/15. Any changes to services or eligibility criteria resulting from new policy will not be applied retrospectively. However, CCGs will always consider appropriate individual funding requests through their agreed processes.

The Assisted Conception pathway is now being managed by the Kent and Medway Commissioning Support Unit (KMCS) on behalf of all Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Groups.  The current criteria within the Kent and Medway Referral & Treatment Criteria document remains in use.

For queries around criteria, patient eligibility and exceptional funding please contact the Individual Funding Request (IFR) Team on 01732 375214.

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