Policies are used by health professionals to give clear guidance on when a referral should be made for treatment in hospital. It is important to have policies in place so that doctors and patients have clear guidance on treatments and to make sure that decisions are made consistently and in the same way for each patient. Policies also make sure that NHS resources are used in the best possible way and are used fairly for everyone.

This survey is about the East Midlands Gamete and Embryo Cryopreservation Policy.

Gamete and Embryo Cryopreservation is a technique used to preserve fertility by freezing gametes (eggs or sperm) or embryos prior to a treatment which may make a patient permanently infertile. This process allows for the gametes and embryos to be used at a later date, if the patient wishes to try for a baby.

This policy covers the provision of gamete and embryo cryopreservation and its storage and explains the circumstances in which it will consider this option.

Why are we doing this?
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have recently received guidance from NHS England advising that they should consider in their policies all patient groups who may have their fertility compromised as a result of NHS funded treatment.

This includes those patients who are due to receive treatment as part of gender reassignment (changing physical sexual characteristics, i.e. male to female or female to male).

All of the CCGs in the East Midlands, who make decisions on which services are offered in each area, have come together to make sure that people across the region are offered the same access to these services wherever they live.

In this survey we would like to hear your views about the draft East Midlands Gamete and Embryo Cryopreservation Policy. We have made changes which will include the above patients. We want to hear what you think about the policy, if you (or anyone else) will be impacted by it and if there is anything that we may not have considered. Once the survey closes we will analyse and consider all of the feedback before a final version is made public and implemented.

Please complete this survey by the 1st March 2020.

You can view the draft policy for the East Midlands CCGs on theĀ  at: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/

This work is being led by Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on behalf of all of the East Midlands CCGs who are members of EMACC (East Midlands Affiliated Commissioning Committee).

CCGs are responsible for planning and buying health services for local people, in partnership with local hospitals, GPs, public health and patient representatives.

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* 1. Please tell us which area you live in from the below list*:

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* 2. If you represent a group or organisation, please tell us which below:

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* 3. Do you think we have considered all patient groups who may have their fertility compromised as a result of NHS funded treatment in our policy?

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* 4. If applicable, please tell us how you (or anyone else) will be impacted by the attached policy:

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* 5. Please tell us of any other comments you wish to make about this policy:

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* 6. Please tell us your gender:

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* 7. Please tell us your age:

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* 8. Has your gender (sex) changed since birth?

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* 9. Do you consider yourself to be disabled? 

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* 10. If you have selected ‘yes’, please can you indicate which of the following apply to you?

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* 11. Can you please tell us your ethnicity?

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* 12. Can you please tell us your religion or belief?

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* 13. Which of the following best describes how you think of your sexual orientation (preference)?

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