Councils have a responsibility to make sure that there are open access sexual health services for everyone in their area, this includes things like; contraception, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and supporting people to let their sexual partners know of any infections.
We recognise that there are some challenges for us in the current system. Sexual ill health affects some of our communities more than others, with rates of newly diagnosed sexually transmitted infections being higher in some communities. We want to support young people in the Borough to make the best choices in relation to sexual health, this is evidenced by rates of sexually transmitted infections in young people and how they access contraception. We think there are a number of opportunities to be working differently with places like GP practices, community pharmacies and schools to improve sexual health in the borough. In addition, the Council needs to make £60million of savings by 2018 and the grant we receive to fund public health services is reducing, therefore we need to design future services for sexual health which are sustainable.
We are keen to build sexual health services with those providing and using them, offering people ways to voice their needs and wishes, and to influence plans, proposals and decisions.
We are at the stage where we would like to set out our strategy and direction of travel and get your views on the key concepts underpinning the work and what type of services you would like to access and where you would like to access them.