On receipt of the appropriate documentation, the IRP carries out an assessment of a referral. This may be undertaken by the full Panel or by a sub-group appointed by the Chairman representing the clinical, managerial and lay membership. Most referrals are appropriately handled in this way. The Panel is mindful that it is always better to resolve issues locally wherever possible.
Exceptionally, we may advise that further evidence is required before reporting back. This may, for example, be because we need to understand local services and circumstances better and/or wish to take evidence directly from stakeholders.