Feedback shapes sexual health support
On Wednesday 14th December, cabinet members will be asked to approve plans for a more targeted sexual health support service.
The current service has been provided by the county council since 2013 working alongside the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the current provider Gloucestershire Care Services (GCS).
As part of a review the council ran a consultation to find out what people thought about proposals for how the service would work in future.
The consultation gave residents chance to help shape the service for the years ahead by focussing on access for those in need of specialist sexual health services, and using technology to compliment that.
Feedback also suggested that there should be specific support for prevention of poor sexual health, in addition to diagnosis and treatment services. This new service would focus on education and promoting healthy relationships and be targeted at the groups most in need of support, such as young people.
If approved, GCS would continue as provider with the council working alongside them to redevelop the service.
This would make it easier for the people currently using the service and mean any changes could be phased in over the contract, allowing time for people to adjust.
Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "Making sure that our sexual health services meet the needs of the whole communities is essential, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
"I'm really grateful to everyone that took part in the consultation. Their feedback has helped us to put these recommendations together and identify the best way the service can support those who really need it.
"With a long term investment in prevention, we can really make a difference to our community's health and wellbeing."
A further decision will go to cabinet in July to discuss sexual health services delivered by GPs and pharmacists, such as emergency contraception and long acting reversible contraception (LARC).