How to Ask For A Review

Your doctor and you will hear the result of your funding request within two weeks of the IFR Panel decision. If you have been declined funding for your treatment you will receive a copy of the letter sent to your doctor explaining the reasons for this decision.

What Happens if my Request is Turned Down?

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Panel, your doctor has the option to have the request reconsidered. This would only be the case if there is new clinical information likely to support the request. If the new information significantly changes the nature and strength of the case originally submitted, you may wish to request an appeal against the decision and for the Panel to consider the case again.

There are three grounds for requesting an appeal of a decision by the IFR Panel;

  1. That the Panel did not follow the CCGs procedures and policies
  2. That the Panel members misunderstood the medical evidence
  3. That the decision of the Panel was, in the opinion of the requesting clinician one which no reasonable IFR Panel could have reached.

A request for an appeal can be made by the doctor who made the original request, or you the patient, or by your carer or relative. The request must be supported by the doctor who made the original request and it must be made within three months following the date of the IFR Panel decision letter.

If you wish to talk to someone about this, or make a complaint, contact Patient Services on 0800 052 6088

Or, write to us at:

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