Sexual Health Services - Redesign Consultation
Birmingham City Council would like your views on sexual health services. We are responsible for making sure that effective services are available for the people in Birmingham and would really value your thoughts on what works well and where we could make things better. We are carrying out a review at the moment and your comments will help us decide how to improve things. You do not need to have used sexual health services to do this.
What are sexual health services?
Taking care of your sexual health means more than being free from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or not having to face unplanned pregnancy as a result of ineffective contraception or no contraception at all. It means taking care of your health, your partner’s health, and your decisions about relationships.
Sexual health services are free and available to everyone regardless of age, sex, gender, ethnic origin and sexual orientation. In Birmingham, sexual health services and advice are offered in a range of settings including:
- GP Practices
- Contraception Clinics (also known as Family Planning clinics)
- Genito-urinary Medicine (GUM clinics)
- HIV Treatment and Support Services
- Young People’s Services
- Sexual Assault Centres
- Termination of Pregnancy Centres
Responsibility for commissioning many sexual health services moved from the NHS to Birmingham City Council on 1st April 2013. This provides the opportunity to reshape services for the future leading to better outcomes for clients, their families and the community.
We are seeking views on sexual health services to help us to plan future services. Your views and experiences are important to help us to get this right. You do not need to have used sexual health services to do this.
Please help us by letting us know your thoughts on sexual health services and what you think is important for the future by answering the following questions.
Thank you for your time. The information you provide will be kept confidential and used only for the purposes of reviewing sexual health services. We may share results with our partners; however, your personal details will be removed. The results will be statistical and will never contain anything that could identify you. Your personal details will not be linked to your opinions in any way.
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- Consultation and Findings, 3.1 MB (Microsoft Word Document)
- We Asked
- For your views of the Services provided by our Sexual Health Service Providers, which areas for improvement should be prioritised and what you thought of our proposals.
- You said
- We received a tremendous response, with 2,500 questionnaires submitted. There was strong support for our greater focus on outcomes. 90% of respondents agreed with the proposed outcomes to improve support for people vulnerable to/victim of sexual coercion, find and treat more young people with chlamydia, and reducing transmission of HIV, STIs and BBVs. 82% agreed with the priority outcome of fewer under 18s conceptions, and 77% with reducing the numbers of initial and repeat abortions. 71% agreed there was a need for a joined up, managed, sexual health system. 69% supported the proposal for GPs and Pharmacies to provide more sexual health services. 58% of respondents agreed with the suggestion to increase the role of voluntary organisations. There was broad support for locating clinics in the centre of the city, to the South and the North, with many responses focused on access; in terms of ensuring that (public) transport links and parking were good. There was a robust challenge to the shift away from intensive support for people with HIV. There were clearly expressed views that SRE in schools is important to future sexual health, and that the sexual health service/ system should have a role in supporting this
- We did
- We have placed a greater emphasis on achieving the proposed outcomes, and particularly focusing the services to identify and support clients experiencing sexual exploitation and coercion. The re-commissioned service will place greater emphasis on the needs of the priority groups identified, including young people, men who have sex with men, sex workers, drug misusers, children in need, and those communities with higher risk. Many responses stated how difficult navigating and accessing the current system can be and the variation in provision. This will be addressed by creating a single city-wide system, with one lead organisation managing a number of partners. Many people highlighted the importance of Primary Care (GPs and Pharmacy) and third sector organisations as part of the system and this will be part of the new service. We will also be looking closely at the location and accessibility of services and insisting on outreach and in reach provision for priority groups, including work with schools and educational establishments. As a result of the Consultation, we have taken HIV support services out of this recommissioning of sexual health services and decided to look at this area separately, across the Council as a whole to ensure there is a coordinated approach to commissioning services in future. We will be using the more detailed feedback and responses from the consultation and engagement exercises to inform the development of future service quality standards and performance indicators used to monitor and manage contracts with Providers.