Surrey Heartlands and Surrey Heath CCG’s recruiting a Lay Member to attend their monthly IFR Panel meetings to represent patients during the decision making process. The Individual Funding Request (IFR) service is managed by the Effective Commissioning Initiative (ECI) team based at Surrey Heartlands CCG on behalf of the 5 CCGs within Surrey; East Surrey, Guildford and Waverley, North West Surrey, Surrey Downs and Surrey Heath. Funding requests for interventions are processed by the ECI team and for drugs by the Medicines Management team.
IFR applications enable clinician’s to apply for funding for patients on the basis of clinical exceptionality. This process is for patients that do not meet the criteria or for treatments or drugs that are not routinely funded. A Panel meeting is held once a month to consider all eligible funding requests. Panel meetings are attended by Clinicians, Public Health and Lay representation.
The key roles for this position are:
- Be the advocate for patients
- Contribute to the decision making of the Individual Funding Request (IFR) Panel regarding the funding of healthcare interventions for individual patients who wish to access treatment not usually funded by the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
- Be a full IFR Panel member and as such have voting rights at the IFR Panel
The post holder must have demonstrable qualities, skills and knowledge to meet all the essential criteria for appointment. The work of the IFR Panel is sensitive in nature and the Lay Member should be articulate and able to follow authority, as well as being well equipped to deal with the challenges of working with emotive issues. The IFR Panel can be involved in making difficult funding decisions regarding the availability of services to patients and as such, the Lay Member should be experienced in contributing to debate.
The successful candidate will be required to attend all monthly Panel meetings via MS Teams or in person and read all Panel papers prior to the meeting. In addition, there is the expectation that all IFR workshops, which are held on a quarterly basis, are attended.
The working pattern will be between 2 & 4 hours per month.
We would warmly welcome any questions relating to this opportunity – please contact Andrea Golding, IFR & Prior Approval Manager (details on the right), in the first instance.
In cases where we receive a high volume of applications for a post, we may bring the closing date forward. Therefore you are advised to submit your completed application form as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
In line with the Equality Act 2010, Surrey Heartlands CCGs are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and prospective employees. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.
Every consideration will be shown to job applicants and employees who are disabled and those who meet the minimum criteria for the post will be invited for interview. All applicants invited for interview are asked if they need any additional support when attending the interview.
In accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, NWS Clinical Commissioning Group will not discriminate against or dismiss the applications of candidates with spent convictions for posts which are not exempt from this legislation
Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. Applicants may self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship on the UK Visas and Immigration pages of the gov.uk website. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post.