Individual Funding Requests​

Who we are


The NHS SE London Individual Funding Requests (IFR) Team is responsible for the administration and co-ordination of requests to fund treatments which fall outside current commissioning arrangements and contracts entered into by the SE London CCGs covering the London boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.

What we do


Two key policies inform the work of the IFR Team, and these are:
  • The South East London Treatment Access Policy
    This sets out the treatments and procedures for which restricted access criteria have been agreed. The access criteria are based on evidence of clinical effectiveness. You can read the South East London Treatment Access Policy​ which is reviewed and updated annually.

  • The IFR Policy
    This Policy sets out the principles and process under which requests for a treatment or a diagnostic procedure which falls outside the usual commissioning arrangements, contracts and Service Level Agreements will be considered by the Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark CCGs.

How to apply


An IFR can be made by an NHS clinician (patient’s GP and/or Consultant) via an electronic system on behalf of any patient registered with a Bexley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham or Southwark GP. 

Direct applications from patients are not considered.

The IFR Team will aim to process all requests within 20 working days and urgent requests within 10 working days. This is dependent on the receipt of fully completed IFR forms supported by all the necessary information.  If we have to ask for additional information, the funding decision will be delayed.

Urgent decisions


If a clinician decides that a treatment or intervention is required sooner than this and proceeds to treat then they do so at their own risk.

Applicants will be notified by letter, with a copy to the patient concerned.  Decisions/outcomes will not be provided by telephone to patients.

Going to Europe for planned treatment


For routine intervention, please consult our policy, patient leaflet and flowchart.  If funding is required for a treatment or procedure which falls outside normal commissioning arrangements and contracts, the request will be considered as an IFR before European funding can be considered.

Further information


How to contact us
Telephone: 020 3049 4154/4388
Fax: 020 3049 4173
Email: slcsu.selifr@nhs.net

Correspondence should be sent to:      

IFR Team
South London Commissioning Support Unit
3rd Floor
1 Lower Marsh
Waterloo
SE1  7NT