What are Assisted Conception and Fertility Treatment Services?
Assisted conception is a collective name for treatments designed to lead to conception by means other than sexual intercourse. Local commissioners are responsible for funding services across Greater Manchester for people who seek treatment to aid conception.
Infertility in heterosexual couples is usually defined as the failure to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. This definition does not apply to single women and couples in same sex relationships. However, single women, couples in same-sex relationships and trans-gender people may need fertility evaluation and treatment to aid conception. If a cause of infertility is diagnosed, or if infertility persists despite appropriate treatments and recommended lifestyle changes, a referral to an assisted conception services may be appropriate.
Why your views are important to the NHS in planning services?
Greater Manchester (GM) Joint Commissioning Board (the people who buy NHS services) wishes to ensure that Greater Manchester residents receive a high quality, clinically safe and sustainable, assisted conception and fertility treatment services now and in the future. To support this, GM commissioners are reviewing all assisted conception/fertility treatment services provided to GM residents. Commissioners want to understand the patient experience from the start of the referral process, right through to receiving treatment. The review will include doctors, patients, and other healthcare staff and commissioners from across all areas of GM working together.
It is important that commissioners understand what works well now, what does not work well and what needs to be changed to improve GM assisted conception and fertility treatment service provision. As you have received care either currently or in the past, we want to ask if you could share your views and experience. If you have not yet accessed a service, but may need to in the future, we want to know what you consider would matter most about the care you receive.
No decisions have been made about future service provision or will be made at this stage. Commissioners and healthcare professionals are still exploring potential solutions and your views are important.
This activity is an engagement activity not a public consultation. If, because of the review, changes to existing services are required, this may involve formal public consultation taking place. However, we at not at that stage and the findings from this review will be made public and shared via websites of your service providers and/or partners supporting the patient and public engagement.
We want to highlight this review does not include or change the number of cycles of IVF that people can have. This has already been agreed locally and is not affected. However, understanding the experiences of patients using assisted conception/fertility treatment services (which IVF for some people is part of their treatment plan) has been included in this review.
How you can share your views
Patient and public views will be recorded via the online survey, telephone interviews and/or participating in focus group discussions. Your responses are confidential and completely anonymised. There are no patient identifiable questions involved.
If you have not used this service but would like to share your views as somebody who might wish to use this in the future, your responses are also anonymous.
If you are responding on behalf of an organisation please can you identify who this organisation is so we can ensure this is highlighted in the feedback summary report.
There are focus groups being held to specifically include the following communities/groups of interest. You may identify yourself under more than one of these groups and therefore you can register to attend as many group discussions that you consider are relevant to you. If you are from an organisation that supports the communities below you may also register as an organisation to join in focus group discussions. Joining details are below.
Ethnic minority communities
Disabled people (including those with long term conditions)
General focus group
The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete and is open from
28th May 2021 until 27th July 2021.
Supporting your engagement
If you would like to join a focus group discussion, require support to complete the survey, require this information in another format or language, or you need telephone support to complete the survey, please telephone the NHS engagement team and leave your contact details so we can call you back. The contact numbers are: 07717 691617 or 07841 685639 the phoneline will be available between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thank you for taking time to share your views
this will help us to improve services in the future