Your clinician can ask NHS Kernow to fund a treatment if they consider there to be an exceptional clinical need.
In making an application the clinician needs to provide evidence that the patient is significantly different to the general population of patients with the condition in question and is likely to gain significantly more benefit from the intervention than might be normally expected for patients with that condition.
Requests for funding are considered by the individual funding requests panel.
We stress the need for decisions to be impartial and fair. All decisions are made after taking into account all of the following:
If there is new or additional evidence which the panel did not see, a case can be made for reconsideration.
If it is felt that the panel did not follow the decision making process as outlined in the individual funding request policy (PDF, 521 KB). Any appeal must be made within four weeks of the panel decision.
If you are unhappy with the outcome make a complaint.
Where we do not have arrangements in place for a particular treatment or procedure to be provided, your GP or hospital clinician will need to make an application so that the panel can make a decision on whether funding should be approved.
When the panel discuss this application they need to have all the relevant information to make an informed decision. We need to know your name and contact details so that we can correspond with you if necessary. We also need other information about your health which is relevant. This may include medication, test results and photographs.
Your information is shared with the individual funding requests team who arrange for it to be discussed by the panel. All staff working for the NHS have a duty to ensure that your information is kept safe and is only shared so that a funding decision can be made. Details of who is involved in seeing your personal information can be found in our individual funding request policy (PDF, 521 KB).
You have the right to access the record we hold. You also have the right to object to us making use of your information, restrict what information we use and to correct information if it is not accurate.