Understanding the impact of sexual health and reproductive health service changes during COVID-19: Tools and resources

Posted 12 August 2020

Date: 12 Aug 2020

Type: Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

There have been dramatic changes in how sexual health and reproductive health services are delivered due to the COVID-19 response. Partners across the sector are working to understand the impact of these changes to inform recovery and renewal plans.

Public Health England (PHE) and Central North West London (CNWL) have worked collaboratively to develop a suite of resources for local use to support this process. The suite consists of four components:

1. Specialist sexual health services (SSHS) rapid evaluation tool
This tool has been developed through a collaborative process between PHE and Central North West London (CNWL) with input from BASHH, English HIV and Sexual Health Commissioners and FSRH. It has been developed to enable providers and commissioners to better understand the impact of COVID-19 response on sexual health service provision. To download the tool, click here.

2. Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services evaluation resources
PHE published resources in 2018 to support practitioners to undertake evaluations of specific interventions or projects in sexual health. Please contact your PHE Sexual Health Facilitator with any queries about the tool or resources.

3. Sample service user and health care staff survey questionnaires
These questionnaires were developed by CNWL and can be adapted to your local needs. To download the survey template for health care staff, click here. To download the survey template for service users, click here. If you have a paid account with Survey Monkey the templates can be shared directly with you; or the questions can be used in another survey tool. If you have any queries about these questionnaires, please contact Jo Gibbs: jo.gibbs@nhs.net

4. COVID-19 practice example template
PHE is collating examples of how sexual health and reproductive health services have adapted during the COVID-19 response and are keen to hear about local innovations focusing on less well served populations. Practice examples will be published on the PHE library webpage and on the new national Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV Knowledge Hub hosted by PHE (to be launched in mid-August 2020). If you would like to submit a practice example please use this template and return to: Faye.Callaghan@phe.gov.uk.