21 February 2018
Kensington and Chelsea Council has agreed a new five-year contract to deliver comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services to residents across the borough.
The Council has appointed Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust as the lead contractor and Imperial College Healthcare NHS as the sub-contractor Trust to deliver Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM) services from April 2018.
The new contract will provide high-quality, confidential and patient-focused services including HIV testing and diagnosis, testing and treatment for STIs and complex contraception. The contract is designed to reduce inequalities and ensure residents have access to services that meet their needs.
The awarding of the contract follows extensive consultation with service users, providers, clinicians and stakeholders, which was responded to by 2,200 people from across London.
The newly commissioned specialist GUM services will complement the existing community sexual and reproductive health services which are on hand to support residents with their sexual health.
Councillor Charles Williams, Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “Kensington and Chelsea has one of the highest rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections in London. We are committed to tackling this.
“These services will also work with the new Sexual Health London e-services, which will allow residents who do not have symptoms to order STI self-testing kits online. This will enable those residents to test for STIs from the privacy of where they live.”
More information about the e-services will be available in the coming months as the services become available.
Dr David Asboe, Clinical Director for HIV Medicine and Sexual Health at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be leading these new, vital services that will help tackle high STI rates and improve access to contraception in the London community.
“This contract will allow us to build on our Trust’s proven expertise and focus our efforts on delivering accessible, innovative, high-quality and patient-focused sexual health services.”
Dr Linda Greene, Clinical Director for HIV Medicine and Sexual Health at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We will continue to deliver a high quality responsive and accessible sexual health service from the Jefferiss Wing and look forward to working with our colleagues at the Council, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and with our patients to bring rates of STIs down and further improve access to long acting reversible contraception services that meet the needs of the local communities we serve.”
Residents who wish to access sexual health services or advice can go online to find the range of support available: www.peoplefirstinfo.org.uk/health-and-well-being/taking-care-of-yourself/sexual-health