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IVF treatment policy and contracts (1617077)

1. According to your current IVF treatment policy:

  • How many cycles of IVF do you offer to eligible patients?
  • Do you fund a full cycle of IVF, as defined by NICE, which includes replacement of all frozen embryos? If not how many frozen embryo transfers do you fund?
  • What is your upper and lower age limit that female patients must meet in order to qualify for treatment?
  • Do you fund one full cycle of IVF for women aged 40-42 in line with the NICE guidance?
  • Do you have an age criteria that male patients must meet in order to qualify for treatment? If so, please state what the criteria is.
  • What must the smoking status of patients be?
  • What weight requirement exists (i.e. BMI)?
  • How long do couples need to be trying to conceive before becoming eligible for treatment?
  • Is there a minimum period that the couple need to have been in a relationship before becoming eligible for treatment?
  • What eligibility criteria do you apply in relation to existing children that either one or both partners may have?
  • What policy is in place (if any) for the use of Single Embryo Transfer?
  • Do you fund fertility treatment for same sex couples, and if so what eligibility criteria do they have to fulfill?
  • Do you fund fertility preservation for cancer patients and if so what budget is the funding taken from?

Please refer to NHS Calderdale CCG’s Access to Infertility Treatment Commissioning Policy Document for the above information. This is a regional document for the Yorkshire and Humber area. See response to question 6.

2. What is the average cost of a cycle of an IVF cycle funded by the CCG and what does that include?

The following is available within the IVF cycle and represents an average cost across both our providers:

OP Visit – £271
IVF Treatment – £2,968
ICSI – £3,663
Embryo Freezing – £585
Frozen Embryo Transfer – £1,532

3. What providers does the CCG contract with to provide IVF services?

The following providers are commissioned to provide IVF services on behalf of NHS Calderdale CCG:
Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Leeds Teaching Hospital

4. When was the current assisted conception policy developed? And who was consulted?

Please see responses to question 1.

5. When will the CCG review its assisted conception policy?

NHS Calderdale CCG will review its policy if and when revised NICE guidance is issued.

6. Is the assisted conception policy available on the CCG’s website? If so please provide a link to the policy.

NHS Calderdale CCG’s Access to Infertility Treatment Commissioning Policy Document (Yorkshire and Humber) is available on our website as follows:

7. Please could you provide me with a copy of your assisted conception policy?

Please see response to question 6.

8. Which MPs cover the boundaries of the CCG?

Calderdale Council will hold this information.

9. Has the CCG conducted any financial modelling on the cost implications of funding three full cycles of IVF?

NHS Calderdale CCG does not hold this information.

10. If the CCG does not follow the NICE guidelines, have they published the reasons why they do not follow the guideline? If so, what are the reasons for not complying with the NICE guideline?

NHS Calderdale CCG follows the NICE guidelines.

11. In the last 12 months, or at the time of the last consultation on the IVF policy, has the CCG considered collaborating with other CCGs on the fertility policy?

Please see response to question 1.

12. In the last 12 months, how many patients have applied for fertility funding (both successfully and unsuccessfully) through an Individual Funding Request?

Less than or equal to five individuals have applied.

13. In the last 12 months, how many women aged between 40-42 has the CCG funded IVF treatment for? What does the CCG estimate this to have cost?

NHS Calderdale CCG does not hold this information.

14. What advice has the CCG sought concerning the most cost and clinically efficient methods of setting up their tertiary infertility services?

  •  Where was this advice sought from?
  • When was this advice sought?

NHS Calderdale CCG does not hold this information.

15. I would also like to request permission to re-publish the data provided in a publically accessible document/web-format.

NHS Calderdale CCG agrees to your request to re-publish this information.

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