Clinical policy development

The eight Clinical Commissioning Groups in Lancashire and South Cumbria are working together to review their clinical policies.

What is clinical policy development?

In the NHS treatments and care for patients are provided free at the point of service. While in hospital and for certain categories of patient, medications are also free at the point of service. However, not all treatments and medications are routinely funded by the NHS. This is because the effectiveness of certain procedures and medications can vary amongst patients and in some cases can do more harm than good.

Across Lancashire and South Cumbria, there is a rolling programme of clinical policy review and development involving all the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). This provides an ideal opportunity to co-ordinate these policies and related services and make them consistent and fair. It reduces what is often referred to as the postcode lottery of healthcare across this area of the North West.

As existing clinical policies are reviewed every three years this is likely to be an ongoing process.

For further information about the clinical policy review process or any individual policies email 


Click here to have your say on current clinical policy reviews Click here to find out about policies which have already been reviewed

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