Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are asking residents of the borough to help shape a new sexual health service for 2021.
The council is responsible for commissioning sexual health services, including testing and management of STIs, contraception choices, pregnancy testing and sexual health promotion, such as HIV awareness. Sexual health is a key public health priority and the council wants to ensure that people living in Southend-on-Sea have access to an effective and accessible sexual health provision. As such, they are asking residents to complete a short survey, to find out what they want from such a service and to share ideas, opinions and experiences. The results of the survey, which will be released in August 2020, will be used to shape the requirements for a future service provider.
The council aims to ensure that sexual health services support the delivery of Southend 2050 outcomes, which include the goal of “Southenders remaining well enough to enjoy fulfilling lives”. The consequences of poor sexual health can be serious and costly for the individual, for health and social services and for society as a whole. Unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection have preventable short-term and long-term effects on health and well-being.
Councillor Trevor Harp, cabinet member for health & adult social care, said: “If you are a resident of Southend-on-Sea, please complete the short survey, which will help us to create a better sexual health service for the borough. We are looking for a future provider to deliver the best service possible in 2021 and your responses to the questions in the survey will help shape the tender, to ensure it is as non-discriminatory, accessible, easy to navigate and effective as possible.
“The safe and well theme of our Southend 2050 ambition includes the statement “Southenders remaining well enough to enjoy fulfilling lives” and sexual health is an important part of this”.
The survey can be taken by following this link: Sexual Health Service Survey 2020.