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Professor Peter Littlejohns appointed to new health review panel

Professor Peter Littlejohns, CLAHRC South London's deputy director and professor of Public Health at King’s College London has been appointed  as a member of  a new  independent expert review panel to undertake a focused, independent review of the Individual Patient Funding Request (IPFR) process in Wales.

The NHS Wales IPFR process is the mechanism used by all health boards across Wales to make a decision at an individual patient level on access to a treatment which is not routinely available. The review will examine the evidence of current good practice in Wales, the UK and elsewhere for making individual funding decisions on treatments.

The review group will consider the number of IPFR panels in Wales and the clinical exceptionality criteria used to make decisions. It will consider options for improving how the process and subsequent decisions are communicated to patients. The end result will be a report with practical recommendations for the next steps.

Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething, announced the panel members saying: “Together with the New Treatment Fund, the review of the IPFR process will lead to real change in how patients in Wales can access innovative medicines, and an improvement in the service that patients can expect to receive.”

The panel is independent of the Welsh Government and encompasses a range of expertise and knowledge.

Professor Littlejohns leads CLAHRC South London’s public health theme research and is honorary consultant to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He was the founding Clinical and Public Health director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. He left the Institute to establish an international multidisciplinary collaboration which undertakes research in how to prioritise health care in a fair and equitable way.

Read further details of the review panel, or find out more about CLAHRC South London.