Sexual health services in Bradford district

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Bradford and District designed and distributed an online text chat-style survey to young people aged 16-25 following initial work with people in this age group to co-produce the survey questions and format. People in this age group living in Bradford district were reached through targeted social media activity and direct contact with local groups and organisations, while posters were also sent to every provider of post-16 education in Bradford district.

The survey ran from February 1 until March 31, 2022. The survey was accessed by more than 300 people in the target group, with a completion rate of about 15%. Healthwatch Bradford and District.  approached voluntary-sector organisations to deliver focus groups with Eastern Europeans, South Asian men, Black African men, LGBTQI+ as a discrete focus with young people and also as a wider population and Black African women.


  • Most respondents used the more traditional methods of accessing sexual health medical support such as GP practices and the family planning clinic.
  • Convenience is a hugely important aspect to young people in access to sexual health services. Opening times before or after school/college/work are preferred.Weekend availability is also important, as well as the availability of drop in-clinics. More than 37% of respondents said weekend appointments would work best for them, with more than 32% saying that they would like appointments to be available after school/college/work.
  • Regarding where would they like to get more information about sexual health, our respondents’ top preferences were websites, social networking sites and peer education talks.
  • The overwhelming theme from the online questionnaire appears to be that the young people of Bradford district are looking for convenience and, unsurprisingly, confidentiality when accessing sexual health services.
  • Across all the focus groups and online respondents, there was an almost 50/50 split response when asked if they felt they understood or knew where they could access sexual health services.

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General details

Report title 
Sexual health services in Bradford district
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bradford
Date of publication 
Friday, 29 April, 2022
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 February, 2022
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 31 March, 2022
Key themes 
Booking appointments
Communication between staff and patients
Digitalisation of services
Health promotion
Health protection
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of appointment
Staff attitudes
Waiting time to be seen once arrived at appointment
Waiting times and lists for treatment
Other information of note about this report 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Secondary care services 
Sexual health
Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Asian / Asian British
Black/ African / Caribbean / Black British
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Sexual orientation 
Prefer not to say
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? 

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? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

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.