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From 1 March, the NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent want to ask for your views and thoughts on work being undertaken about assisted conception (treatments to help you get pregnant).

In 2020, the NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent began involvement work for the Clinical Policy Alignment programme (previously known as Difficult Decisions).

This looked at five procedures, including assisted conception, where the criteria for which patients could have the procedures were not the same across the whole of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The aim was to make them the same for everyone.  

From 1 March, the public will be consulted for views and comments on work being undertaken around assisted conception. This involvement is an opportunity for people to share their views on the draft interim policy for assisted conception, which has been developed following the release of the Women’s Health Strategy for England (WHS) in summer 2022. This is a 10-year strategy, which will include a review of fertility services across England. An update on the NICE guidelines on fertility treatments is also expected at the end of 2024.

As the results of these national reviews will not be known for some time, an interim (temporary) policy for assisted conception has been developed, which aligns the access criteria across the whole of the area.

Have Your Say

From 1 March to 22 March 2023 people can share their feedback through a survey and by joining one of two online involvement events. 

The draft interim policy has a small number of changes from the previous policy, all the information about this, along with the short survey can be found here.

To share their views and suggestions, people can also register for one of the online events:

And, from 1 March, they can complete our short survey on our website.

For further information or a paper copy of the survey, contact the MLCSU Involvement team by email: [email protected] or call 0333 150 3069.