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Providing a draft interim aligned policy for assisted conception across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent – upcoming ICB Board meeting 21.12.23

We wanted to update you on the next steps in our journey to providing a draft interim aligned policy for assisted conception across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Across the area, there are three different policies currently in place, which means that people living in one location may not have exactly the same access to services as someone in another part of the region. We have been looking to make sure that everyone has the same access.

We have held public involvement sessions and also a series of working groups and technical events to develop an interim aligned policy, while we await a further national review of assisted conception services as part of the Women’s Health Strategy for England.

On Thursday 21 December, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICB Board will be presented with all the findings of the work done and will be asked to approve the recommendation to implement the draft interim aligned assisted conception policy across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

To do this, the Board must be assured that a robust process has been followed through the work programme and that all relevant best practice and statutory processes have been applied, including the requirement for involvement with the public and relevant stakeholders.

I want to thank everyone who has taken part in the involvement phases, your views and experiences have been vital to get us to this stage, and for the Board to consider.

You can read the board papers and register to attend the meeting through the ICB website.

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