Northern Ireland Evidence Based Commissioning Position: Effective Use of Resources

Closed 11 Feb 2022

Opened 8 Oct 2021


Health and Social Care Services in Northern Ireland have to deal with competing calls for limited resources.

The Health and Social Care Board has launched a consultation process into the Effective Use of Resources (EUR) Policy.  This policy sets out the referral criteria for a small number of procedures, most of which are related to the plastic surgery service.

There is a general consensus, that the Health Service should ensure that the least effective interventions are not routinely performed, or only performed within clearly defined criteria.

The new policy aims to ensure that patients are provided with the best clinical care. It is anticipated that once implemented this updated policy could reduce waiting times and help guide the allocation of resources to those areas of greatest clinical benefit.

To read the full consultation document, easy access document, downloadable questionnaire and information on the impact assessments please visit:

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