Westminster City Council has appointed Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust as the lead contractor and Imperial College Healthcare NHS as the sub-contractor trust to deliver Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM) sexual health services from April 2018.
The new five-year contract will deliver fully comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, providing high quality, confidential and patient focussed services for residents across the borough. This includes HIV testing and diagnosis, testing and treatment for STIs and complex contraception. The contract is designed to reduce inequalities and ensure residents have access to services that meet their needs.
Councillor Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Public Health, said:
“Westminster City Council aims to bring down rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and wants as many people as possible to access our sexual health services to ensure they remain healthy and safe. This new contract award reflects the commitment to provide everyone who needs it with access to the most appropriate help, including long-acting reversible contraception, through continued improvements and investment in our services.”
The awarding of the contract follows extensive consultation with providers, clinicians, stakeholders and service users which 2,200 people from across London responded to.
The services will work closely with the Sexual Health London e-services to provide an online STI service allowing those residents without symptoms to order STI self-testing kits at their own convenience. This will enable those residents to test for STIs from the privacy of where they live.
The newly commissioned specialist GUM services will complement the existing community sexual and reproductive health services which are on hand to support residents with their sexual health.
Dr David Asboe, Clinical Director for HIV Medicine and Sexual Health at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be leading these new, vital services that will help tackle unacceptably high STI rates and improve access to contraception in the London community.
“This contract will allow us to build on our Trust’s proven expertise and focus our efforts on delivering accessible, innovative, high-quality and patient-focussed sexual health services,” Dr Asboe said.
Dr Linda Greene, Clinical Director for HIV Medicine and Sexual Health at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We will continue to deliver a high quality responsive and accessible sexual health service from the Jefferiss Wing and look forward to working with our colleagues at the Council, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and with our patients to bring rates of STIs down and further improve access to long acting reversible contraception services that meet the needs of the local communities we serve.”