Clearly the review of sexual health services commissioning in Birmimingham will have major implications for GP practices, particularly those that provide enhanced services such as IUCDs and implants.
Services provided in general practice were previously dealt a major blow when the sexual health NES was decommissioned and it is important that general practice in the city fights the case for the value of integrating sexual health services, including STD and LARCS with GP care provided by practices to patients on their registered lists.
I would urge all practices to complete the feeback survey circualted by the Public Health team and also to respond to the formal consultation when it is launched shortly.The LMC will also be responding directly.
This information is available on the LMC website at Future Commissioning of Sexual Health Services in Birmingham
Dr. Robert Morley
Birmingham Local Medical Committee
From: Yates Lisa (HEART OF ENGLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST)
As you may be aware there have been significant changes to the commissioning arrangements for all NHS services in England. Commissioning of most Sexual Health services is now the responsibility of Birmingham City Council, which must ensure that there is open access to testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and that a full range of contraceptive options is available.
We are undertaking a strategic review of current service provision and local need to help shape the future commissioning of services over the next few months. As part of this we are seeking views on sexual health services from a range of interested organisations. There will be a formal consultation in the near future, but before this we would welcome any feedback on current sexual health services and what you would see as critical in the future system.We are seeking views from our partner organisations, staff, service users and colleagues in the area. Please see the letter attached above from Adrian Philips, Director of Public Health, which outlines what kind of information we would like.
There is an opportunity to give us your feedback and views through the Be Heard website: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/adults-communities/sexual-health-services and if you use Twitter through the hashtag #2ndCitySex
We would be very grateful if you could promote this engagement exercise through your networks and on your website or newsletters over the next few weeks. Also please cascade this information and request through your organisation to relevant colleagues and to your staff and clients. We welcome all feedback.
If you would like any further information about this please contact Lynn Inglis or Jak Lynch 0121 303 4280
Team Administrator –Public Health Commissioning Team
Birmingham Public Health
Tel: 0121 303 4280
Birmingham Public Health
P O Box 16732
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