1. I’d like to know whether or not the CCG has a specialist services panel (or equivalent) in place (see ‘further clarification’ below).
Requests for health care interventions that are not routinely funded by NHS Calderdale CCG are made via its Individual Funding Request (IFR) process. Information concerning these arrangements and procedures can be found on the CCG’s website below.
2. I’d like to request, for each of the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, the number of referrals for specialist services that have been made to the CCG; broken down by specialist service; and also broken down by number successful (or agreed), number unsuccessful (or declined), and number deferred, according to the decisions of the panel.
The CCG’s response can be found in the suppled PDF file (file provided below).
Please note that
- the attached contains the CCG’s IFR referrals shown overall and broken down by intervention (specialist service) and outcome by financial year.
- the information held for 2013/14 is not in a format the CCG is able to access in order to provide the answer to your request. Information is provided from April 2014 onwards.
- prior to February 2016, the IFR service was not held in-house and was processed on behalf of the CCGs by the West Yorkshire Commissioning Support Unit. We therefore cannot guarantee the accuracy of data prior to this date.
- some of the information you have requested is exempt under section 40 (2) (Personal Information) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. See Refusal Notice below.
Refusal Notice – Question 2 & 3
Having undertaken an assessment of your request, as per the requirements of Section 1, 1(a) of the Freedom of Information Act, NHS Calderdale CCG confirms that it holds the information you have requested relating to questions 2 and 3. However, due to the low numbers, the CCG is unable to disclose some of the information requested as it is potentially patient identifiable. As such, we are issuing an exemption notice under section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides an absolute exemption where disclosure of personal data about someone other than the applicant would contravene any of the data protection principles. Consequently, the exemption is not subject to the public interest test. Additional information is provided at the foot of each table supplied with regard to the application of the exemption.
3. I’d like to request, for each of the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, the total number of referrals for specialist services that have been made to the CCG broken down by number successful (or agreed), number unsuccessful (or declined), and number deferred ONLY.
Please see response to question 2 above.