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Submitting an Application

Before making an application

All applications must have the full support of your board or Chief Executive within your organisation.

If you wish to discuss this informally with NSD prior to submitting an application please contact

The application process for submitting a proposal for a specialist service or national network is as follows:


Complete the online Application which seeks information including: an indication of clinical need, expected benefits, level of evidence available, target patient group, expected numbers and evidence of support for the application from the key decision makers must be included to continue with the application.

You can find an example of the type of information required in this Guidance document It is strongly recommended that you download the Guidance document to prepare your responses before you begin the online Application form.

Please note: There is no 'save' facility on the online application so you must complete it in one session.

You will also find guidance on the online Application form by clicking on the ‘question mark’ icon.

Each application will be evaluated against objective criteria for onward progression to the next stage. NSD may contact you for further information or clarification. If the criteria is not met then you may be asked to reapply the following year or advised on an alternative route. Unsuccessful applications will receive feedback.

To begin the Application you will need your unique reference number before clicking on the button below.

This service is provided on the Application for National Development Support.

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