How IFR works

GpandpatientHow can I make an Individual Funding Request (IFR)?

The IFR process is clinically led. This means that a patient will need the support of a clinician (usually the patient’s GP or a hospital consultant) to make a case on their behalf and only if the clinician considers there to be clinical grounds for the request. A patient cannot make an Individual Funding Request directly themselves.  See OCCG’s Exceptions Guidance  and full policy for details of the process.

If a GP or consultant believes that the clinical circumstances of a patient’s case are exceptional, their case will be referred to OCCG and considered through our due process. Such requests should be addressed to:

Individual Funding Request (IFR) Team
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Jubilee House
5510 John Smith Drive
Oxford Business Park South
Oxford OX4 2LH

Tel: 01865 336868
Confidential email:

What does the application process involve?

Requests for treatment are received by OCCG’s Individual Funding Request Manager and considered in confidence.  Following an initial assessment, requests may then be submitted to the Individual Funding Request Panel (IFRP) of OCCG doctors and managers for consideration. This Panel meets monthly.

The IFR Panel takes a number of factors into consideration including the patient’s clinical need, the effectiveness of the treatment and the cost of the treatment.

Further Information


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