Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV: commissioning review

Public Health England, August 2017

This report presents the findings and action plan from a national survey of commissioning arrangements for sexual health, reproductive health and HIV. The survey findings form the basis of an action plan published within the review. Appendix 1 provides a detailed analysis of the survey responses and appendix 2 details the action plan to respond to the challenges identified.

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Health matters: making cervical screening more accessible

Public Health England, August 2017

Attendance for cervical screening has been falling year on year. This professional resource aims to address this decline in attendance by presenting recommendations that can help increase access to screening and awareness of cervical cancer.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health: Time to Act

Royal College of General Practitioners, July 2017

This report finds that improvements to the quality of sexual and reproductive healthcare being delivered to patients is at risk due to the bureaucratic, financial and training barriers facing GPs and practice teams.  The report finds that GPs fear rates of teenage pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases will rise – reversing current trends – as vulnerable patients are being excluded from accessing the most appropriate forms of contraception, and that health inequalities are being widened as a result.

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Understanding the heterogeneity of cervical cancer screening non-participants: Data from a national sample of British women

European Journal of Cancer, July 2017Volume 80, Pages 30–38 

Uptake of cervical cancer screening in the United Kingdom (UK) is falling year on year, and a more sophisticated understanding of non-participation may help design interventions to reverse this trend. This study ascertained the prevalence of different non-participant types using the Precaution Adoption Process Model (PAPM).

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Private lives, public health: the changing shape of contraceptive services in England post-2013

Advisory Group on Contraception, December 2016

The expert Advisory Group on Contraception (AGC) has conducted an audit of the impact of funding cuts and commissioning reforms on contraceptive services in England by analysing the results of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request sent to all 152 upper tier and unitary councils. The findings show a mixed but worrying picture. While some areas have so far managed to sustain current service provision, there are clear signs that – in line with the experiences of AGC members – full, open access contraceptive care and services are under increasing strain in many places.

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Maternal use of oral contraceptives and risk of birth defects in Denmark: prospective, nationwide cohort study

BMJ, 6 January 2016

This prospective cohort study aims to research whether oral contraceptive use around the time of pregnancy onset is associated with an increased risk of major birth defects?

The study finds that oral contraceptive exposure just before or during pregnancy does not appear to be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects.

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