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Views sought on NHS funded cycles of IVF in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) has today launched a six week engagement phase to gather views on a proposal to reduce the number of fully funded IVF cycles from 3 to 1. The consultation will run from Monday 3rd December 2018 to Wednesday 16th January 2019. 


Over the past two years, HMR CCG has spent an average of £423,000 per year on IVF treatment. As the CCG has a duty to secure the best investment for the funds that we have been allocated to provide high quality care for local people, we have considered a number of different options regarding the future of funded IVF cycles. The CCG’s preferred option for future IVF funding is to offer one funded cycle of IVF. This would bring our local IVF policy in line with the majority of other CCGs in England and also takes into account the evidence regarding the reduced likelihood of successful live births with each unsuccessful IVF cycle . All other aspects of the IVF policy eligibility criteria will remain the same.

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All feedback from the consultation period will help to inform the final decision made on IVF treatment and this will be published via our website.

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We believe that patients and the public have an important voice that should be heard and we try hard to include patients and the public in our decision making whenever possible.

We follow guidance such as NHS England's Transforming Participation in Health and Care.

Get involved in CCG work

Our Engagement Lead is responsible for ensuring that the public are involved in decisions about the services we commission so that they truly meet the needs of the people who use them.

You can be involved in CCG ways in a range of ways, including:

  • Receive regular updates about CCG work
  • Take part in online or postal surveys to feedback about healthcare issues across the borough
  • Attend focus group meetings or other events to discuss healthcare issues with GPs and other staff members who are responsible for commissioning services
  • Attend our Governing Body meetings to witness the decision making process and have the opportunity to ask questions to our Governing Body members
  • Join patient groups to discuss issues about specific conditions, such as, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

To find out more about CCG opportunities, or to receive more information about our work, complete our online registration form. The form enables you to feedback about how you would like to be involved in our work, so you only receive information that interests you. 

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Work together with your GP practice

Alternatively, if you would like to get involved in work influencing your GP practice, many practices in the Rochdale borough have Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) that meet on a regular basis. PPGs are an effective way for patients and GP practices to work together to improve GP services and to promote health. They are usually made up of a group of volunteer patients, the practice manager and one or more of the GPs from the practice. If you are interested in becoming part of this exciting work please contact your GP practice directly to discuss this further.

General enquiries, comments and complaints

If you would like to contact us about a general enquiry, to provide feedback on our website or to find out how you can get involved with NHS HMR CCG, please contact us using our electronic form. You can also contact us by phone on 01706 652853. 

If you have a complaint or want to make a comment about a healthcare service, you can contact the Patient Services team at NHS Greater Manchester Shared Services.  

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