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Low Priority Procedures (LPPs) - Information for Clinicians

What is a Low Priority Procedure (LPP)?

Brighton and Hove CCG has designated a number of clinical procedures as Low Priority for NHS funding. 

This is because we have limited resources, and have had to to make difficult choices about which treatments and services are the most effective for patients.

NHS Brighton & Hove CCG funds some Low Priority Procedures (LPPs) if a patient meets the criteria set out in our Clinically Effective Commissioning (CEC) Policies and Local Prior Approval Policies (PAPs).  You can find these documents in the the table below.  

How to apply for Low Priority Procedures

A GP can apply for a patient to have funding for a Low Priority Procedure, if the patient meets the minimum threshold criteria.  

If a patient does not meet the criteria, the GP should inform them that they do not meet the required eligibility and that the procedure will not be funded.

The criteria and application forms for each procedure are provided in the in the Clinically Effective Commissioning (CEC) Policies and Local Prior Approval Policies (PAPs) documents in the table below.

You can also find a Prior Approvals Process document, which gives more details on this process, in the table below.

Procedures that are not routinely funded 

Procedures that are not routinely funded are still accessible through the Individual Funding Requests (IFR) process.  However, this would only be in clinically exceptional or rare cases.  You can find more information about the IFR process on the Individual Funding Requests - Information For Clinicians page.

Advice & Guidance 

If you need to discuss a Prior Approval Procedure, please contact our Referral Management Service, provided by OPTUM.
Call: 02038 242001
Email: BHCCG.BrightonReferrals@nhs.net  

Clinically Effective Commissioning (CEC) Policies


The Clinically Effective Commissioning (CEC) Policies are for use by practice colleagues.

If you have any questions about this document, please contact us.

Local Prior Approval Policies (PAPs)


The Local Prior Approval Policies (PAPs) incorporating Low Priority Procedures (LPPs) for use by clinicians.

If you have any questions about this document, please contact us.

Prior Approvals Process


The Prior Approvals Process is for use by clinicians

If you have any questions about this document, please contact the Prior Approvals team