Improved sexual health services for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire residents

Posted Monday, May 13, 2024 7:09 PM

From October 2024, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire residents will benefit from an enhanced Integrated Sexual Health Service. 

The service will be delivered across City and County, led by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in partnership with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust and supported by a remote sexual health service provider, Preventx.

It will be funded and commissioned by both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council’s Public Health services.

The newly awarded single city and county-wide contract replaces the current arrangements for sexual health services which are delivered through several contracts. The improved service will ensure that everyone has access to the same high quality ‘one stop shop’ for sexual health services, regardless of where they live.

The free and confidential service will expand its health promotion offer and targeted outreach support to the most vulnerable and at greater risk across the City and County. It increases choice for residents by keeping face-to-face and walk-in appointments, whilst making the most of new technology to offer online services to support those who prefer a remote option. The service will also provide a single website as a reliable source of information so that residents can make informed choices about their sexual health and know how to access the services they need.

The service offer includes:

  • better access to trusted information on sexual and reproductive health
  • increased choice and easier access to services for local people
  • services tailored to meet needs of people at greater risk of poor health outcomes
  • services which will reach out to support our diverse communities and
  • a better experience of finding relevant services that are more streamlined and joined-up across the system, including GPs, pharmacies, sexual health, and other healthcare services.

Nottingham University Hospitals and Sherwood Forest Hospitals commented:

“Nottingham University Hospitals and Sherwood Forest Hospitals are delighted that they have been awarded the contract for the Integrated Sexual Health Service for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.  We look forward to working collaboratively to develop the current sexual health service into an even better one for all our citizens.  There will be a single brand, a new website, online testing and clinic-based services, with health promotion and outreach across the whole City and County.  This will make accessing care easier.  There are a lot of good things to come!”

Councillor Scott Carlton, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council said:

“Good sexual health is an important aspect of health and wellbeing, and improving sexual health outcomes remains a public health priority. As part of our joint commitment to addressing health inequalities, the Integrated Sexual Health Service will focus on ensuring all residents, including those most at risk of sexual ill-health, have access to services that continue to deliver the very best outcomes for them.”

Councillor Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care & Health at Nottingham City Council, adds:

“I am delighted that the new service is launching to provide even better sexual healthcare and access for local people in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County. Sexual health is an important part of overall health at all ages. The service will focus on prevention and education to make it easier for people, especially those at higher risk of poor sexual health outcomes, to get the information and support they need on their sexual and reproductive health.”

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