Sexual Health Service
The sexual health service provided by community pharmacy is commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council.
Attached is the Community Pharmacy 2020/23 Service Specification for Sexual Health.
A full list of Sexual Health Services available in Hertfordshire can be found on the Sexual Health Hertfordshire Website.
Sexual Health Online Training Resource
To support you in the delivery of remote sexual health services and consultation guidance, there are a variety of online training programmes which have been developed.
These programmes will help to satisfy the required knowledge, skills and service-specific competencies.
Please see the following training document provided by the Health Improvement team for further guidance on sexual health.
Sexual Health PGDs for 2020/23
The PGD for the supply of Azithromycin effective from 1 October 2020 – 31 March 2023.
The PGD for the supply of Doxycycline effective from 1 October 2020 – 31 March 2023.
The PGD for the supply of Levonorgestrel effective from 1 October 2020 – 28 February 2023.
The PGD for the supply of Ulipristal effective from 1 October 2020 – 28 February 2023.
Sexual Health Updates
Update 22 October 2020
A new Sexual and Reproductive Health Guidance from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health has been released. The guidance outlines essential services that must be available to women during and beyond the pandemic as well as recommendations on delivering services and prioritising patients.
Sexual Health update November 2020.
Chlamydia Screening and Treatment
Update 1 October 2020 Changes to the Chlamydia Screening and Treatment services in Hertfordshire
Due to a rise in diagnosed Gonorrhoea cases across England, including Hertfordshire, a review of local STI epidemiology data was undertaken. In response, the following changes to the current Chlamydia Screening Programme came into effect from 1 October 2020:
- Dual testing for both chlamydia and gonorrhoea is now available to Public Health commissioned services that currently deliver chlamydia screening programme e.g. pharmacies, GP’s, youth services
- Anyone 15 years and above (previously up to 25 years) can request a test
- Those who complete a test using the current chlamydia only form will be screened for Chlamydia, including those 25 years and above.
- If you use a dual testing form (see attached), the patient will be screened for both chlamydia and gonorrhoea regardless of which kit they use – current chlamydia kit (in green envelope) or new kits (in a white box).
- All new kits ordered will automatically have a dual testing form inside.
- Sexual Health Hertfordshire (SHH) will have copies of the new forms for services who have old kits but want to offer dual testing. These can also be printed but you must add your site code to the form. For more information contact SHH on: 0208 102 4894 Email: email@example.com
- Services providing access to treatment for uncomplicated Chlamydia may treat anyone aged 15 years and above under a new locally agreed PGD for the supply of Azithromycin and Doxycycline.
This change will provide easier access to STI testing and treatment services, especially in areas where access to specialist and online sexual health services is difficult.
Further details are outlined in the new Pharmacy contract and PGD. These have been sent out to those eligible to provide this service. In the meantime, watch this 6-minute presentation, which provides a summary of the changes and further updates.
If you choose to use the paper forms available above then the data from the forms need to be entered onto PharmOutcomes as soon as possible and should be no later than 10 days after the consultation date, in order to secure payment. Payment will only be paid on the basis of information entered into PharmOutcomes.
The Emergency Contraception (Levonelle-1500) Assessment and Supply form can be accessed here.
If you choose to use the paper form available above then the data from the form needs to be entered onto PharmOutcomes as soon as possible and should be no later than 10 days after the consultation date, in order to secure payment. Payment will only be paid on the basis of information entered into PharmOutcomes.
A promotional poster for the EHC service provided by HCC can be found here.
If telephone translations are required the use of Language Line (http://www.languageline.co.uk/) can be purchased by individual community pharmacies.
Information on the Sexual Health Service can be found on Sexual Health Hertfordshire. It contains information of clinic opening times and locations for signposting along with lots of other useful resources.
HCC in partnership with Sexual Health Hertfordshire have produced a short film on what happens when a patient attends their local sexual health service. To view the film and for more information around STI’s click here
People visiting the pharmacy, who require further support on sexual health advice or treatment which cannot be provided by the pharmacy can be signposted accordingly to the relevant health and social care providers. The following information will help you provide information and support to patients and the public visiting the pharmacy:
- Sexual Health Hertfordshire commission all sexual health services in Hertfordshire. Further information is available here.
- Hertfordshire County Council