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Sexual Health Strategic Plan 2017-20

05 SEP 2017 - 13:44 to 03 OCT 2017 - 13:44

Sandyford Sexual Health Services are pleased to share the Sexual Health Strategic Plan 2017-20 for Health & Social Care Partnerships in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. You can read the full Strategic Plan or a summary version.

Sandyford consulted on their draft Strategic Plan between August and November 2016. Nearly 300 responses were received from a wide range of partners, including service users. The direction and outcomes contained in the plan were generally welcomed, although some concerns were raised about:

  • Uncertainty regarding whose plan it is, i.e. Sandyford’s or the whole Board area with all of its partners;
  • Ambiguity in some places with the plan promising to continue to deliver on what it already does rather than being more visionary about service improvement;
  • The apparent potential prospect of service shifting towards general practice without resource and contradicting the spirit of the new GP contracts.

As a result of the consultation process, and the concerns raised, the Strategic Plan has been revised as follows:

  • A slightly adjusted vision statement with key aims;
  • Greater clarity regarding the nature of Sandyford’s universal and specialist services and its role as lead agency for sexual health services across the Board area. This includes a clear statement about working in partnership with primary care colleagues to improve patient pathways;
  • Explicit service improvement actions under each outcome and a section on cross-cutting themes of research & innovation, training and service user engagement;
  • A statement regarding performance measures, highlighting key indicators.

Rhoda MacLeod, Head of Sexual Health said: "After a considerable amount of work and engagement with partners, we are delighted to launch our strategic plan which sets the direction of travel for sexual health over the next three years. Notwithstanding the excellent service that many people receive from Sandyford, the plan is about focusing on our key priorities, developing our partnership working and ultimately improving the services we offer. At a time when we are faced with significant financial challenges, the plan forms the basis of how we will use our resources to the best of our ability and work with others to deliver positive sexual health outcomes across the six health and social care partnership areas"

Alternative formats of the Strategic Plan can be requested by emailing or phoning 0141 211 8130.