Agenda item

Decision to launch public consultation on the principles of the Sexual Health Services Review

To seek approval to go out to public consultation on the principles of the Sexual Health Services Review from 29 July 2016 for a period of twelve weeks.

 

Decision:

Cllr Andrew Gravells, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, sought Cabinet approval to go out to public consultation on the principles of the Sexual Health Services Review from 29 July 2016 for a period of twelve weeks.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and, 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

1)    Approve the consultation principles for the Sexual Health Services Review as set out in Paragraph 1.9 of the published report; 

 

2)    Authorise the Director Public Health to undertake a 12 week public consultation exercise commencing on 29 July 2016 in accordance with the principles approved under Recommendation 1 of the report, and

 

3)    Requires the Director Public Health to report the results of the consultation exercise undertaken in accordance with Recommendation 2 of the report back to Cabinet as part of any proposals for the future delivery of Sexual Health Services in Gloucestershire.

 

Minutes:

Cllr Andrew Gravells, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, sought approval to go out to public consultation on the principles of a Sexual Health Services Review of Gloucestershire.

 

Cllr Gravells informed members that this proposal had arisen from changes brought about by the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, whereby the responsibility for sexual health services in Gloucestershire had transferred from the sole responsibility of the National Health Service to new commissioning arrangements with Gloucestershire County Council,  the Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England.

 

In response to the changes, the outcomes of a Sexual Health Needs Assessment, (undertaken in 2015), identified several key challenges for Gloucestershire. In addition, there was clear evidence of the need to address a number of inequalities that existed, relating to age, ethnicity, sexuality, poverty and social exclusion.

 

Cllr Gravells proposed that the council’s Public Health Team undertake a review of Sexual Health Services in Gloucestershire to establish whether there was a more efficient and effective model from which the council could respond to the challenges identified by the Sexual Health NeedsAssessmentundertaken in 2015. The aim of the review would be to develop a cost effective approach to the delivery of Sexual Health Services across Gloucestershire, focussing on the needs of those most vulnerable to poor sexual health outcomes. 

 

Cllr Gravells proposed that a public consultation, focussing on the principles identified by the review, run for a twelve week period from 29 July 2016. Key areas for consideration included: improving access; understanding and responding to the needs of key vulnerable groups;  prevention; and promoting use of technology and self care, where appropriate to access services. Feedback from the consultation to be used to shape the approach for the design of the future delivery model for Sexual Health Services.

 

Member’s attention was drawn to the Due Regard Statement to the report. Cllr Gravells advised members that, in considering the likely impact of the recommendations, there was no indication of any disproportionate negative effect upon those with protected characteristics. The principles to be consulted on aimed to reduce any inequalities already in existence for those groups who had been previously identified through the Sexual Health Needs Assessment as having a higher burden of need and poorer access. Cllr Gravells highlighted the importance of reaching hard to reach groups and gave his assurance that every effort would be made to ensure an authentic approach was taken during the consultation.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and, 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

1)    Approve the consultation principles for the Sexual Health Services Review as set out in Paragraph 1.9 of the published report;

 

2)    Authorise the Director Public Health to undertake a 12 week public consultation exercise commencing on 29 July 2016 in accordance with the principles approved under Recommendation 1 of the report, and

 

3)    Requires the Director Public Health to report the results of the consultation exercise undertaken in accordance with Recommendation 2 of the report back to Cabinet as part of any proposals for the future delivery of Sexual Health Services in Gloucestershire.

 

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