NHS Brighton and Hove has a duty to get best value from the money we spend on your behalf. Most treatments are freely available on the NHS to anyone who needs them but sometimes we have to make choices around treatments which are exceptionally costly or where there is limited evidence of benefit.
We make these choices, using the best available evidence about the effectiveness and relative costs of different treatments.
Our Priorities Group is the principal group used by NHS Brighton and Hove to consider whether particular treatments should be made available to patients.
It develops and reviews policies which help the organisation decide what funding priority should be given to a particular treatment or other health intervention.
Its recommendations are then discussed by our Professional Executive Committee before a final recommendation is presented to our Board for approval.
The Priorities Group also:
The Priorities Group does not consider medicines and other pharmaceutical products; these are considered by our Prescribing Committee. Its recommendations also go to our Professional Executive Committee before a final recommendation is presented to Trust Board for approval.
There are a small number of treatments we do not routinely fund. This is normally because:
Our Individual Patients Funding Panel considers individual requests and decides whether or not to fund the requested treatment for each patient, and we have an appeals panel that considers appeals against Individual Patients Funding Panel decisions.
are available in the Information for Health Professionals
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