Sexual health report

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During 2015 Healthwatch Barnsley’s Children and Young People’s Officer carried out a survey on sexual health and wrote a report outlining the findings on C-Card access and sexual health services for young people in Barnsley. The conclusion from this report stated that from the data 84% of the young people surveyed did not have a C-Card, even though they were old enough to have access to it. Of the young people who didn’t have a C-Card 133 did not know what one was. Following on from these findings a similar piece of work was undertaken to see if there had been any improvements in the young people’s knowledge of C-Cards and the sexual health services in Barnsley. Barnsley’s Our Public Health Strategy 2016-2018 highlighted the challenges around under 18s conceptions as they still remained a concern in some electoral wards when compared to national, regional rates. It was acknowledged in the strategy that work was needed to: Ensure sexual health services, including contraceptive services, are accessible, personalised and effective; ensure under 18s conceptions continue to reduce; commission sexual health and contraception services for Barnsley residents. Key findings from the 2017 Survey were:98% of the young people surveyed did not have a C-Card. Only 6% of young people surveyed have accessed a sexual health clinic in the past 12 months. 19% know where sexual health services are located. 253 young people surveyed have accessed a Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) session within school, of these 234 young people rated the session between very good and ok. 210 young people did not know if the school had a sexual health drop in, this could be because the school does not provide one or it is not promoted it effectively. Healthwatch Barnsely recommend Spectrum Barnsley to update their website and change publicity materials to display the correct age bracket. This may be a reason why a large number of young people surveyed within schools may not have accessed or known about the service. School Nursing team produce a plan to offer sexual health advice in all secondary schools and not just selected schools.

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General details

Report title 
Sexual health report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Barnsley
Date of publication 
Thursday, 1 March, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 1 March, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 1 March, 2018
Type of report 
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Health protection
Information providing
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 
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Sexual health
Community services 
Community healthcare and nursing services

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people under the age of 18
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? 
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? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in 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.