Purpose and Legal basis for processing
The NHS has a duty to spend the money it receives from the Government in a fair way, taking into account the health needs of the whole community. The CCGs role is to ensure it gets best value for this money by spending it wisely on behalf of the public.
CCGs pay for local NHS health services and NHS England pays for highly specialised health services. The CCGs have a legal duty to provide health services for patients in the county with the fixed amount of money they have received from the Government. They have a legal duty not to spend more than this. This means that some hard choices have to be made. Not all treatments can be provided by the NHS. Treatments that are limited by CCGs are shown in their Clinical Commissioning Policies https://www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/resources/policies-and-procedures/
However, the CCGs know that there will always be times when a patient would benefit from a particular treatment not usually given by the NHS. To apply for this treatment, an Individual Funding Request is made. To allow the CCG to consider these requests, access to both personal and health information regarding the individual to whom the request relates is required. As the National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) Regulations 2012, Part 7, Regulation 34 places a duty on CCGs in respect of the funding and commissioning of drugs and other treatments, this provides the CCG with a legal basis to use personal data as part of this process.
West Lancashire CCG commission Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) to provide these services on their behalf.
Source of personal data
The information may be provided by a clinician who submits an IFR application form on behalf of a patient.
Categories of personal data
The IFR application form includes NHS number, name and address, date of birth, GP details, diagnosis, requested intervention and other information relevant to the request. Gender and ethnicity are also collected and held in anonymous form for equality monitoring.
Categories of recipients
Applications are considered by an independent panel who have not been involved in your treatment. The panel is made up of doctors, nurses, public health experts, pharmacists, NHS England representatives and lay members and is led by a lay chair.