Commissioning policies set out the treatments, medicines and health services that are funded by Clinical Commissioning Groups. In the UK, local variations exist because they reflect the different needs of local communities and clinical priorities which vary in different parts of the country.
You can view all of the NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group polices, here. They can also be accessed by individual condition using the A-Z below.
All North Yorkshire localities now have to access Value Based Commissioning (VBC) checker. You can find out more information in the drop down below.
Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whithy and Harrogate and Rural Distirct referrals need to be made via eRS.
Scarborough and Ryedale Referrals can be made via the Referral Support Servic (RSS). More information can be found in the drop down below.
NHS North Yorkshire and NHS Vale of York CCGs operates an on-line self-service system called VBC Checker.
This allows registered users to very quickly check criteria against a procedure, then automatically generate a prior approval ticket (PAT) to attach to the patient record before referral or treatment for Procedures of Limited Clinical Value (PoLCVs). The VBC is already being utilised across Hambleton Richmondshire and Whitby (HRW) practices and the process across this locality remains the same.
The system is very simple and quick to use and provides an instant decision on whether a patient meets the relevant CCG’s prior approval policies. The system automatically generates the appropriate policy criteria for individual patients/CCGs. This replaces existing processes – it is not in addition to processes that are currently undertaken by primary/secondary care and supports the NHS’ ambition for digital transformation. It provides an improvement for the referral process supporting the upgrade of RSS referral software; ICG2 (in Scarborough & Ryedale and Vale of York localities).
The second phase of nationally approved Evidence Based Interventions will also be integral to the VBC and will provide up to date thresholds for all EBI policies and will also assist secondary care in validating and potentially reducing waiting list backlogs, providing healthcare system wide benefits.
The VBC Checker can be accessed via: https://vbcchecker.necsu.nhs.uk
The Referral Support Service (RSS) is a local service working on behalf of NHS North Yorkshire CCG (Scarborough and Ryedale Locality) and NHS Vale of York CCG – and GPs who practice here.
The aim of the RSS is to get patients the right care, at the right time, in the right place, first time.
When your GP refers you for a hospital appointment, it will be passed to a team of dedicated patient support staff who work for the RSS.
They will contact you by telephone to explain the options for where to have your appointment. To help you decide, they will have access to a range of useful information such as waiting times, accessibility and car parking. This will help to ensure you get the most convenient appointment as quickly as possible.
To help the RSS team process referrals efficiently, GPs are asked to provide following information:
- Up to date patient information, including a daytime telephone number with the area code
- The primary reason for referral, including clear referral instructions
- Record of BMI and Smoking Status
- Previous relevant medical history and any recent investigations
All relevant documents need to be attached at the time of referring into the Referral Support Service. Without this the referral cannot be processed.
Scarborough and Ryedale and HRW Practices
If you believe the patient demonstrates clinical exceptionality, please submit an Individual Funding Request via (necsu.nhs.uk)
Harrogate and Rural District Practices
For Harrogate submissions please submit the below forms to email@example.com.
GPs and healthcare professionals: to directly access referral pathways and commissioning positions, please use the dropdown menu, below
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