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Contraception

Department of Health written question – answered on 17th June 2016.

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Photo of Paula Sherriff Paula Sherriff Labour, Dewsbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with (a) local education and training boards, (b) Public Health England and (c) Health Education England on the training of healthcare professionals to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception.

Photo of Paula Sherriff Paula Sherriff Labour, Dewsbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who holds responsibility for (a) funding, (b) commissioning and (c) regulating the training of healthcare professionals to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception.

Photo of Paula Sherriff Paula Sherriff Labour, Dewsbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to ensure that healthcare professionals are trained to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception.

Photo of Paula Sherriff Paula Sherriff Labour, Dewsbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to increase the number of healthcare professionals in (a) primary and (b) community care trained to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

No specific discussions have been held about the training of healthcare professionals to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception. The continuing professional development of doctors and nurses is the responsibility of individual employers. Health Education England has a role in ensuring employers remain committed to continuing professional development and in developing the overall strategy for workforce skills and development in their areas.

Funding and commissioning of contraceptive services outside of the GP Contract is the responsibility of local authorities though the ring-fenced public health grant. Local authorities are mandated to ensure the provision of open access contraception services that enable reasonable access to a broad range of contraceptive substances and appliances (including intra-uterine methods) and advice on preventing unintended pregnancy. While not directly comparable because of changes in data collection, intra-uterine contraception fitted in sexual and reproductive health services increased from 65,300 in 2004/05 to 121,900 in 2014/15.

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