NCL CCG undertook engagement on a draft single fertility policy for the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington between 22 November 2021 and 13 February 2022. During this time, we sought views from patients, residents, clinicians, voluntary and community groups, fertility groups and other audiences.
Overall, our engagement identified strong support for the draft policy, with respondents welcoming the proposal to increase provision of NHS funded treatment, standardise what is provided across the five boroughs, and bringing the policy largely in line with national clinical guidelines.
A full Stage 2 Engagement Report – March 2022 has been produced which provides an in-depth analysis of the insights captured during the engagement.
NCL CCG is now working to finalise the Fertility Policy, including carefully considering the feedback received through the engagement work. We are doing this with the input of the project Clinical Reference Group, comprising of consultants in the arena of fertility, and with our Governing Body clinical colleagues.
The CCG anticipates approving the final policy in May 2022. We will then undertake work to support the smooth introduction of the new policy, working closely with fertility services and general practices. We anticipate this will take around eight weeks, with the new policy ‘going live’ in summer 2022. We are committed to ensuring residents and patients are kept informed.
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Fertility Policy Development Team
North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (NCL CCG) is seeking views on a draft single fertility policy for our boroughs – Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.
In North Central London, there are currently five fertility policies in place – one for each borough. This is because, before the formation of NCL CCG, each CCG had its own policy and there are some variations between the five policies.
We are working to develop one new fertility policy for Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. To inform the development of this new policy, the CCG undertook a review, seeking the views of patients, residents and clinicians and examining clinical evidence and national guidance. From this, a set of recommendations was produced to inform the development of a new policy.
A draft single policy has now been produced. We are seeking feedback from residents, fertility services and clinicians on this. The views you share will be carefully considered by the CCG as we finalise the single policy and will inform planning for how we promote the policy once it is in place. You may find the information in the document library of use with the draft fertility policy, equality impact assessment information, current borough fertility policies and much more.
View our latest podcast below, where Dr John McGrath and Penny Mitchell answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the development of the draft single fertility policy.
The engagement window will be open for 12 weeks from 22 November 2021 to 13 February 2022.