Leeds sexual health service providers pass the test
A new way to deliver sexual health provision to people in Leeds will come into play next year, following the award of a new contract by Leeds City Council’s Public Health team.
The changes will see Passionate about Sexual Health (PASH) - a consortium of Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and MESMAC - come together to deliver the new integrated sexual health service. The partnership has been awarded the contract based on a high quality bid informed by their combined experience of sexual health service delivery, knowledge of the particular issues faced by Leeds, and strong commitment to user involvement.
Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said:
“I am really pleased to see this support will continue to be delivered by the NHS working closely with the third sector in the future. I’m very happy that these organisations can use their wealth of experience and knowledge of the city to continue to deliver the services the city needs. There’s been a lot of consultation and active involvement in the redesign of services with people who use them, as we are really keen to make sure health resources in the city reflect what works for people.”
Sam Prince, Executive Director of Operations, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said:
“We are delighted PASH has been awarded the contract to provide sexual health services in Leeds. The PASH consortium partnership we have developed is an exciting and innovative way of working which will ensure sexual health services in Leeds are responsive, personalised and confidential.”
Dr Amy Evans, Lead Clinician for Sexual Health at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said:
“We will bring friendly and accessible support to people through our city-centre clinic which will be open six days a week, plus we will provide our help and advice in three clinics located across Leeds. All clinics will offer an evening and weekend provision to our communities. We will also be supporting GPs and pharmacies to offer high quality sexual health services.
“We will offer specialist care for STIs (sexually transmitted infections), HIV and contraception, and provide help and self-testing options from our new website. We look forward to building a service which supports excellent sexual health for all in Leeds.”
Tom Doyle Chief Executive of Yorkshire MESMAC, said,
“PASH is a unique partnership, with the voluntary sector at its heart. PASH harnesses the clinical expertise and community reach of the partners, ensuring that services are tailored to meet the need of our communities at times and venues that are accessible and convenient.”
The current city centre premises will move from their current location as part of the changes and by next summer people wanting a sexual health check or contraception advice will be able to access them in a new, one-stop environment.
Online advice continues to be available at: http://www.leedssexualhealth.com/
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