This report outlines the findings of a 2016 survey, carried out jointly with the Association of Directors of Public Health, which aimed to gain a clear picture of the commissioning arrangements for sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services | PHE
The survey found that whilst there has been progress in improving services and the development of collaborative approaches there is also evidence of structural concerns which have the potential to impede effective commissioning. Key findings from the survey highlight the fragmentation of commissioning, barriers to access for those at greatest risk, increasing financial pressures and patient demand, and workforce concerns.
Findings and action plan from a national survey of commissioning arrangements for sexual health, reproductive health and HIV. | Public Health England
In 2016 Public Health England (PHE) and the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH), supported by NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners, carried out a survey of local authorities, NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to highlight areas of challenge within the commissioning framework.
The survey findings form the basis of an action plan published within the review. Appendix 1 provides a detailed analysis of the survey responses and appendix 2 details the action plan to respond to the challenges identified.
Full report: Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV: commissioning review
Sexual and reproductive health is at risk of becoming a ‘Cinderella’ service thanks to red tape, and financial and training hurdles facing GPs and their practice teams, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has warned.
These issues risk undoing years of improvement in the quality of sexual and reproductive healthcare being delivered to patients – including a halving of teenage pregnancy rates over the past decade and steadily increasing uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), it says.
The findings of a College consultation, published in a report, Time to Act, show that GPs fear rates of teenage pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases will rise – reversing current trends – as vulnerable patients are being excluded from accessing the most appropriate forms of contraception, and widening health inequalities as a result.
Full report: Sexual and Reproductive Health: Time to Act
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An updated version of Guidance to help health professionals including local government, service providers and commissioners understand the sexual health data that is available across England and how the data can be accessed. It includes data collected by
Public Health England (PHE) and other organisations.
This information provides an overview of the information available on sexually transmitted infection (STIs), HIV, contraception, conception and abortion and where to access it. It is divided into indicators (used for tracking progress), detailed local information (collation and interpretation of local intelligence) and national resources (tables and reports).
Access the full guidance: Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV in England: a guide to local and national data