Genito-urinary Medicine

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th February 2019.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the forthcoming NHS workforce strategy will contain specific reference to sexual health clinicians.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

It is for local authorities to assess local needs, and to secure services to meet those needs in line with their statutory responsibilities which include provision of open access sexual health services.

Health Education England published a scoping project report on the sexual health workforce in September 2018 which provides an overview of the current workforce delivering sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services; trends in population needs; and service changes affecting the workforce which is available at the following link:

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Sexual%20health%2C%20reproductive%20health%20and%20HIV%20workforce%20scoping%20project%20report%20Final.pdf

Recognising that ensuring sufficient supply of well-motivated staff will be central to the delivery of the Long Term Plan. My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has commissioned Baroness Dido Harding, working closely with Sir David Behan, to lead a number of programmes to engage with key National Health Service interests to develop a detailed workforce implementation plan.

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