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How do we fund services?

We are committed to improving the health of the residents of Somerset and ensuring that patients are treated at the right time, in the right place, by the right people to the right standard and for the best value.

We are responsible for making the best use of our resources to look after the needs of our local population. Our aim is to provide comprehensive, effective and accessible health services. However, as the demand for health services is greater than the money available, we must carefully prioritise the use of these funds.

Some unusual or uncommon treatments, or treatments which provide limited benefit, will not be routinely funded or commissioned. The highest priority for funding will be given to those treatments of proven benefit in meeting the health needs of the population.

Why are some treatments not routinely commissioned or funded by the NHS?

The NHS does not normally pay for treatments or operations where:

  • They are not clinically effective or their effectiveness has yet to be determined
  • They are restricted in number due to capacity and resource constraints
  • Only certain people will benefit from treatments or operation
  • Offer little health gain.