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Views Wanted on North Yorkshire Sexual Health Shake Up

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10:54am 11th February 2014

Residents of North Yorkshire and the city of York are being asked to help reshape the area’s sexual health services as part of a process designed to improve health and wellbeing and to make the most of the money available for health and social care.  

A public consultation on the proposed changes is currently taking place so that residents, service users, providers and health professionals can give their views on how services should look.

As part of the consultation there are two consultation events being held.  The first has already taken place in Northallerton, and the second will be held at the Hudson Board Room, West Offices, Station Rise, York, between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday 12 February. 

Local authorities took over responsibility from the NHS for commissioning local sexual health services earlier this year. North Yorkshire County Council and  City of York Council will now commission open access HIV prevention, sexual health promotion, genitourinary medicine and contraceptive services.

 “Effective services are the key to improving the sexual health of the people of North Yorkshire,” said North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Public Health.

“The services need to be easily accessible so that appointments are easy to make, and are available in places where and when patients need them.  They need to be friendly, welcoming and confidential.”

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Services said: “People in York and North Yorkshire benefit from some excellent quality sexual health service, but not all residents enjoy the same levels of accessibility to these services and to the full range of sexual health services that should be available.  We want to see an improvement in the delivery of services to young people, especially young people engaged in risky behaviours. These challenges require new innovative ways of working, utilising the latest technologies.”

Once the consultation period has closed, the findings will be reviewed and service specifications finalised. This will be followed by a procurement process to identify provider(s) to deliver the new service model, with new contracts in place by 1st April 2015.

Further details about the consultation and how to respond can be found at http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/28212/Redesign-of-sexual-health-services-consultation.  The consultation closing date is Friday 28 February.

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