FINANCE: Barking and Dagenham’s system for dealing with individual funding requests for treatments not normally funded on the NHS has been adopted by across its cluster, after being deemed the most efficient.

Board papers said: “The NHS Barking and Dagenham electronic system appeared to be the most effcient and would be expanded across ONEL [Outer North East London] to support the high volume of requests.”

The panel that decides these decisions will also now include a lay member and the boards of the cluster’s other three primary care trusts: Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

The single process has been in place since 1 April but minutes published this week said: “The new arrangements would be tested out further with clinical commissioning advisory board.”

An earlier document on the process found that Barking and Dagenham was most effective at triaging down the number of applicants.