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Notification on process times for funding applications

As of 04 October 2021, due to unexpected demands within the SCCG EBI Service there is a temporary change to the processing period for funding applications put forward to the EBI Service, these are detailed below;

1) EBI Prior Approval Funding Applications

PA funding applications will have a process period of up to 15 working days from the date the correct prior approval application form and supporting evidence is received to the SCCG EBI Service email inbox

2) EBI Generic Funding Applications

EBI Generic applications will have a process period of up to 8 weeks from the date the correct generic application form and supporting evidence is received to the SCCG EBI Service email inbox

3) ERS Prior Approval Funding Applications

ERS prior approval funding applications will have a process period of upto 15 working days from the date the correct ERS prior approval application form and supporting evidenced is received through ERS to the EBI Service

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 best standard and for the best value.

There are a number of treatments and surgical procedures that are not funded routinely commissioned by us.
There are three pathways for treatments and surgical procedures that are not routinely funded.

Prior Approval (PA) pathway

A clinician, GP or clinical consultant, applies for funding to the Evidence Based Interventions Service. Funding will be approved if the patient named on the funding application meets the published criteria in the relevant INNF Policy.

Evidence based interventions (EBI) pathway

A clinician, GP or clinical consultant, applies for funding to the Evidence Based Interventions Service. We will review and consider against ‘Clinical Exceptionality’ for the patient named on the funding application.

Clinical exceptionality

Where a patient’s individual clinical circumstances are clearly different from other patients with a similar condition or diagnosis.  To see the full NHS description of clinical exceptionality

Criteria based access pathway

This pathway doesn’t require a funding application from a GP or clinical consultant IF the patient meets the published criteria in the relevant INNF Policy.

If a patient does not meet the published criteria, the GP or clinical consultant can apply for funding through pathway two: Evidence Based Interventions pathway.


Policies and application forms