NHS Swindon CCG is proposing changes to its current IVF policy and is keen to explain to the public why we are doing this. We are committed to seeking the views of local people, to understand any potential impact the proposed changes may have.

The engagement paper is available to download here.

The change the CCG is proposing to the current IVF policy is in relation to the availability of fresh and frozen cycles:

 

2013 NICE guidance

Current Swindon CCG IVF Policy

Proposed Swindon CCG IVF Policy

Availability of fresh cycles and frozen cycles

 

Full fresh cycle and all subsequent frozen cycles

Three fresh cycles (and frozen cycles where available from the fresh cycle),  maximum six embryo transfers

 

One fresh cycle with a maximum two frozen embryo transfers

 

To provide their views, people should complete an online survey via http://bit.ly/2jAEAIG

Alternatively, email or hard-copy versions of the engagement document and survey can be obtained by contacting Swindon CCG: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01793 683700.

The CCG will only be able to consider feedback received by 5pm on Friday 17 February, 2017.

Dr Peter Mack, Clinical Chair of Swindon CCG said: “The CCG appreciates this is a difficult area to discuss.  The proposed change will put the CCG in alignment with our Sustainability and Transformation Plan footprint partners – especially Wiltshire CCG.

Dr Mack added: “In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is a high-cost treatment and the CCG is required to ensure that we balance the funding for this treatment alongside many other cost pressures in our local NHS. It is important we understand the potential positive or negative impacts of the proposal from the perspective of our population, which is why we are keen to hear people’s views.”

 

All of the feedback will be evaluated by the CCG and a report will be provided for the Governing Body to ensure members are made aware of the potential impact of the change to the policy and all the responses.