Prescribing gluten free foods for adults in Sheffield

Closed 20 Oct 2017

Opened 8 Sep 2017

Results expected 2 Nov 2017

Feedback expected 6 Nov 2017


The NHS has a limited budget and with an increasing demand for services we have to evaluate every service very carefully.

Gluten Free foods have been available on NHS prescription to patients diagnosed with coeliac disease since the late 1960s. This started when manufactured Gluten Free foods were not widely available in supermarkets, as they are today, and when the range of other foods which are naturally gluten free was smaller.

NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group is reviewing the guidelines on Gluten Free food. We are proposing to change the guidelines to ask GPs to suspend prescribing it to adults aged over 18.

However, GPs would still be able to prescribe Gluten Free foods if they felt there was a genuine risk that a vulnerable individual would become undernourished without the prescription.

We would like to hear your views on this proposal – whether you live with coeliac disease or not.

The consultation is open from September 8, 2017 to October 20, 2017

What Happens Next

All the feedback received during the consultation period will be presented to the CCG Governing Body for a decision on the proposed changes to the guidelines.

If the Governing Body agrees to the proposed changes we would monitor the impact of suspending prescribing GF products in adults and report back in 12 months’ time, together with recommendations for future actions.


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