Report on Healthwatch Redcar and Cleveland’s engagement with young people on sexual health services

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Summary of report content

A full sexual health service review and re-procurement is currently being undertaken, led by the Tees Valley Public Health Shared Service, on behalf of the four 4 local authorities on Teesside with a view to re-procuring an integrated sexual health service for Teesside from 1st April 2016. The service will be required to meet national and local quality standards; reflect local need; and offer seamless care to patients across Teesside. Healthwatch Redcar and Cleveland compiled three questions to ask young people in which they were able to give free responses. Healthwatch carried out engagement events at Freeborough Academy in Brotton and Redcar and Cleveland College in Redcar. Staff at The Junction in Redcar also distributed the questions to their groups and we also held more in-depth discussions with our young Information Champions to try and get a deeper insight into issues affecting young people. In total Healthwatch Redcar and Cleveland spoke to 116 young people. A detailed breakdown of responses can be found in Appendix A. The young people were asked three questions which covered current use of services, any barriers to using the services and how they would like future services to be delivered. Healthwatch Redcar and Cleveland recommend that Tees Valley Public Health Services consider the following regarding the future provision of Sexual Health Services for young people within Redcar and Cleveland. Ensure that there is equal provision of services in all areas of Redcar & Cleveland; that there is a range of ways to access services and that they are delivered in an appropriate setting. Ensure that a robust awareness strategy is developed that increases awareness of services and reduces the stigma attached to using them. Ensure that staff have the right skills, values and competencies to deal with a varied and changing population.

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General details

Report title 
Report on Healthwatch Redcar and Cleveland’s engagement with young people on sexual health services
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Redcar & Cleveland
Date of publication 
Monday, 1 June, 2015
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 June, 2015
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 1 June, 2015
Type of report 
Key themes 
Public involvement
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Staff training
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
User stories
How was the information collected? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Sexual health

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.