External resources for professionals
Useful documents and resources
There are many useful documents and resources to support people working in the sexual and reproductive health sector to provide, deliver and commission the highest standards of care.
FPA produces a broad range of Information Standard accredited patient information. It is regularly updated, based on FSRH and BASHH guidance and covers all methods of contraception and sexually transmitted infection.
- The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) produces clinical standards and recommendations on issues relating to reproductive health. Information is available here
- The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) produce clinical standards and recommendation on issues relating to sexual health. Information is available here
NICE Quality Standards set out the priority areas for quality improvement in health and social care. The following Quality Standards relate to sexual and reproductive health.
NICE guidelines provide advice on the care and support that should be offered to people who use health and care services. Relevant guidelines include:
- Sexually transmitted infections: condom distribution schemes (NG68)
- Sexually transmitted infections and under-18 conceptions: prevention (PH3)
- HIV testing: increasing uptake among people who may have undiagnosed HIV (NG60)
- Long Acting Reversible Contraception (CG30)
- Contraceptive Services for under 25s (PH51)
- Department of Health: A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England, 2013
- Public Health England: Making it Work: A guide to whole system commissioning for sexual, reproductive health and HIV, 2015
- Public Health England: Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV A Review of Commissioning, 2017
- Public Health England’s, Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles have been developed to support local authorities to monitor the sexual and reproductive health of their populations. They include indicators relating sexually transmitted infections, contraception, abortions and conceptions.
- Public Health England have developed guidance to enable policy makers and commissioners to estimate the return on investment of publically funded contraception in England.
Safeguarding advice for SRH telemedicine
In case you are not already aware, here are five short documents offering practical advice to SRH practitioners on how to identify and manage safeguarding issues within telemedicine.
They have been developed by Mary Kyle, Senior Sexual Health Advisor at PHE National Sexual Health Helpline, in collaboration with the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, Public Health England and Brook.
- Triage integration considerations to prioritise vulnerable groups.
- Homeworking considerations: protecting governance, stability and staff wellbeing.
- Resource directory for telehealth services.
- Designing triage to prioritise vulnerable groups.
- Call handling tips for maximising risk identification