Since 2013, local councils have been responsible for public health. Like other councils, Lambeth and Southwark receive a public health grant from the Government to fund a range of services to improve the health and well-being of local residents, including sexual and reproductive health services (testing, treatment and contraception).
In 2015/16 and 2016/17, the Government significantly reduced the amount of money councils receive to fund public health services and councils across England are working on ways to reconfigure services. There will be further reductions over the next three years. There is also rising demand for open access sexual health services, in particular, genitourinary medicine (GUM).
Between 25 August and 30 September 2016, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) are consulting patients who use their services, local people, and community voluntary organisations on proposed changes to sexual and reproductive health services in Lambeth and Southwark.
Share your views with GSTT!
Since May this year, Lambeth and Southwark councils, together with GSTT have continued to seek the views of service users and members of the local community through public meetings, questionnaires, as well as focus groups in our sexual health clinics. Their views have helped to develop the proposals that our consultation document (below) describes.
You can read about the proposed changes and share your views to help GSTT provide services that meet the needs of service users.
- Download a copy of the consultation document
- Complete the consultation questionnaire online
- Download a printable copy of the questionnaire
- Equality and equity impact assessment
Come to GSTT’s public meeting: Thursday 22 September 2016
You can find out more and discuss the proposals with GSTT staff at a public meeting that will be hosted by Lambeth and Southwark councils, GSTT, together with Healthwatch Lambeth and Healthwatch Southwark.