Funding your care

A doctor and a patient looking at information in a leaflet As a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) we are allocated a fixed amount of the NHS budget for the healthcare needs of our local population. We are responsible for making the best use of our resources to look after the health and care needs of people in the city. This funding includes all healthcare costs for the Southampton population apart from the costs of NHS dentistry, NHS pharmacies, NHS ophthalmic services, NHS secondary care dental services and specialised healthcare services such as treatment for rare cancers, which are funded by NHS England. 

Our budget for 2019/20 is £401 million, that's just over £45,000 every hour on health care across the city or, put another way, around £1,391 for every person registered with a GP in Southampton. That money covers the cost of the majority of hospital and community health services in the city, GP services and the medicines you are prescribed. 

As the demand for health services is often greater than the money available, we must decide which treatments and services will be prioritised and funded. The aim of the prioritisation process is to ensure services offer the most benefit to the largest number of patients, whilst also making sure that the process is fair to the whole population and that public money is spent wisely. To help us do this, we use national and local policies and guidance to ensure that the treatments, operations or medicines we commission have a proven benefit in meeting the health needs of the population.

Individual Funding Requests

An Individual Funding Request (IFR) can be made by your doctor or other health professional if they believe that a particular treatment or service that is not routinely offered by the NHS is the best treatment for you, given your individual circumstances.

Our local IFR policy

Individual Funding Requests for people living in Hampshire are managed by NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit. The current IFR policy can be viewed on the NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit website (please scroll down to the Southampton policy link).

The Individual Funding Request policy includes details of procedures including:

  • In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

  • Cosmetic surgery or devices

  • Breast surgery

  • Laser skin treatment

  • Laser eye surgery for sight correction

  • Weight loss surgery (gastric bands)

  • Varicose veins

The full list of treatments is detailed in the IFR policy (see link above). For more information about Individual Funding Requests, please contact our Patient Experience Service.