Updated NICE clinical guidance for fertility was published in February 2013, with this guidance in mind NHS Southend CCG held a public consultation in the late summer to review proposed changes to eligibility criteria.
We asked Southend-on-Sea citizens, Southend GP practices, local NHS partners and community specialist interest groups to consider the proposals for revising the current IVF policy and to tell us their views, so that we could understand the positive or negative impacts that the proposed changes may have.
The proposed criteria as agreed by the appointed GP clinical leads, was subsequently agreed by the CCGs governing body.
Please note the significant changes to the eligibility criteria are as follows:
|Previous East of England policy||New Southend CCG policy|
|Age at which IVF is available as standard||Up to 39 years||
Up to 42 years
|Access to IVF for unexplained fertility following investigation||3 years||3 years|
|Cycles of IVF routinely offered||3 cycles||2 cycles (one cycle 40-42)|
|Eligibility criteria||No allowance for same sex couples||Include couples who are unable or would find it difficult to achieve full vaginal intercourse|
Please read the IVF engagement paper for details of the proposed changes.