About Us

The Greater Manchester (GM) Effective Use of Resources (EUR) Team supports NHS organisations across Greater Manchester to ensure that people across the whole of Greater Manchester are able to access treatments in a fair and equitable manner.

The GM EUR Team supports this by working with clinical representatives across Greater Manchester to develop treatment policies that:
  • Incorporate the most up-to-date clinical evidence so that funding is prioritised for treatments that are proven to have clinical benefits for patients.
  • Stop variation in access to NHS funded services across Greater Manchester (sometimes called the 'postcode lottery' in the media) and allow fair and equitable treatment for all local patients.
  • Ensure access to NHS funded treatment is equal and fair, whilst considering the needs of the overall population and evidence of clinical and cost effectiveness.

The GM EUR Team also manages the funding approval process when a clinician on behalf of the patient:
  • wishes to request funding for treatment where patients need to meet an agreed set of clinical criteria for a particular treatment. These are known as Individual Prior Approval (IPA) requests. OR
  • wishes to request funding for a treatment which is not routinely available on the NHS and they believe that there are exceptional clinical circumstance(s) which make the treatment more effective for the individual in question, these are known as Individual Funding Requests (IFRs).

Please see the GM EUR Operational Policy for further details.