The Kent and Medway clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) strive to provide patients with high quality, cost-effective and compassionate care.

Over the years it has emerged that not all treatments routinely offered by the NHS are effective or good value for money. We have to ensure we spend the money available to us to achieve maximum benefit for our population.

Therefore, we have a thorough and meticulous process, led by doctors and other health professionals, to review the evidence for specific treatments, and put in place criteria if appropriate.

NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) receives money from the Government to pay for healthcare for everyone registered with a GP in Medway. The CCG’s job is to get best value for this money by spending it wisely on your behalf. 

Demand for healthcare is growing, but there is only a set amount of money available to spend, so difficult decisions may have to be made. 

The priority is paying for those medicines and treatments that are proven to work well can demonstrate they improve people’s health and offer good value for money. As a result there are some treatments we do not normally pay for. 

The leaflet below: IFR – Information for Patients explains how your doctor or specialist can ask, on your behalf, for a treatment that we would not normally fund. More information can be found here.

This process is managed on behalf of Kent and Medway CCGs by the NEL Commissioning Support Unit.

For more information, please contact:

NEL Commissioning Support Unit—IFR Team 
Wharf House 
Medway Wharf Road 
Tonbridge TN9 1RE 
Tel: 01732 375214/ 3755256

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View our publication scheme for further information.   

European cross-border healthcare 

There are two funding routes that patients may be able to access when applying for cross-border healthcare; the ‘S2’ (formerly ‘E112’) route and the ‘EU Directive’ route . NHS England is responsible for administering both. For more information, visit the NHS Choices website.

For Enquiries on local entitlement:

Individual Funding Request Team
NELCommissioning Support Unit
Wharf House
Medway Wharf Road
Tonbridge TN9 1RE
Tel: 01732 375214 / 375256

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Please see below for Kent and Medway CCGs schedule of policy statements (RaTC) December (2017) for entitlement to common treatments. Information regarding assisted reproductive technologies can be found in the Kent and Medway CCGs – schedule of policy statements for assisted reproductive technologies (ART) below. 


Kent and Medway CCGs’ schedule of policy statements for health care interventions, and referral and treatment criteria

This schedule of commissioning policy statements sets out Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) decisions on whether a particular health care intervention is to be made available for persons for whom each CCG has responsibility.