From Monday 25 July 2022, a new fertility policy will be implemented across North Central London, replacing the five separate policies that were in place for each borough. The North Central London Integrated Care Board (ICB) (formerly North Central London CCG) recognises that access to NHS-funded specialist fertility treatment is an important issue for many of its residents.
Under the new policy, anyone living in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey or Islington, who is concerned about their ability to get pregnant and meets certain criteria, can expect to benefit from:
- fairer access to specialist fertility treatments across all five boroughs
- greater clarity and consistency about which specialist fertility treatments are NHS-funded in north central London and who is eligible
- an increased number of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycles available to eligible people trying to conceive who are aged under 40 in four boroughs and the same provision in the other borough
- funding of up to six cycles of intrauterine insemination (IUI) for eligible female same sex couples, single women, and other couples trying to conceive through artificial insemination who have not conceived after six self-funded cycles of IUI.
The new policy was developed using a robust approach, based on evidence and advice from healthcare professionals and a range of stakeholders and engagement with residents.
If you are already undergoing or have already been referred for NHS-funded fertility treatment, you will not be disadvantaged by the new policy. You can view some frequently asked questions, which cover some common scenarios. The ICB has also developed an information leaflet for people or couples living in north central London who are worried about their ability to get pregnant. Please speak to your treating clinician if you have any questions about your ongoing care and treatment or contact the policy development team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents who have recently completed treatment under the previous policy for their borough may be eligible for further treatment under the new policy. Please speak to your GP for more information.
Visit the ICB’s fertility services pages for information about the assisted conception treatments available funded by the NHS in north central London, eligibility criteria and helpful resources.
If you are concerned about your fertility, please contact your GP for advice.