Raising the profile of SRH

In 2021, our work focused on the need to address barriers in accessing high quality SRH during and beyond COVID-19, in the context of ongoing public health system and NHS reforms, and the development of key Government strategies.

Read on to find out what we achieved:


Calling for integrated and holistic SRH 

  • We have continued to lobby for SRH care to be more broadly integrated into women’s healthcare pathways in the NHS via input into Government strategies on Women’s Health and SRH, alongside a meeting programme with key policymakers – including the Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee and the Minister for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety. 

  • We led on – and worked with partners to support – amendments to the Health and Care Bill, seeking to achieve greater oversight and accountability in women’s health and ensure that the NHS workforce is equipped to provide high quality care. 

 

Improving access to abortion care 

card on women's health

  • We worked with partners to secure a deadline for abortion services to be fully-funded and commissioned in Northern Ireland via continued engagement with the Government and the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, alongside inputting into the development of the service specification. 

  • We launched our multi-channel Telemedicine Facts campaign for early medical abortion (EMA) in collaboration with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, as part of a policy influencing programme seeking to make telemedicine permanent. We shared medically accurate information about telemedicine for EMA and its impact on women and girls, focusing on safety, ease of access and safeguarding of young people. 

 

Engagement via the All Party Parliamentary Group on SRH (APPG SRH) 

  • We secured commitment from the Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care with recommendations from the Inquiry into Access to Contraception will help to inform the forthcoming SRH Strategy.  

  • We worked to drive ongoing scrutiny of SRH issues, including abortion care and contraception, via 70+ parliamentary questions, alongside securing specific multiple mentions of FSRH’s position on SRH issues as part of parliamentary debates. 

 

Communicating FSRH’s position via press activity  

  • We secured coverage in local and national publications and via broadcast on FSRH’s position regarding various issues surrounding contraception – including women’s experiences during intrauterine device fitting, with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care requesting to see our joint statement with RCOG. 

  • We conducted press activity on SRH issues in relation to COVID-19, including use of the combined hormonal contraception and COVID-19 vaccination.  

Overall, we increased our media coverage by 40% in 2021 compared to the previous year.