In partnership with Wigan Council, Spectrum will be providing sexual health services across the Wigan Borough from March 2018.
The Council has awarded Spectrum a five year contract to deliver all sexual health services across the borough. This change comes after a review identified opportunities for sexual health improvement across the area, and the local authority organised a consultation with local residents to find out what challenges they currently faced and who they wanted to access services from.
Out of the responses received:
- 90% strongly agreed that there should be one organisation responsible for care co-ordination, and
- 88% per cent strongly agreed that there should be increased outreach in communities.
Professor Kate Ardern, director for public health at Wigan Council said: “We are dedicated to providing effective services and it is important that our residents shape how those services are delivered. We need to do things differently to get ahead of the curve and encourage a pro-active, preventative approach. We are extremely excited to welcome Spectrum CIC and believe that this new way of working will reduce the stigma and taboo nature of talking about sexual health.”
Spectrum will deliver both adult and young people’s sexual health services and will be in the heart of communities through nurse-led clinics in seven areas across the borough. We will also adopt a digital focus, which could see service users self-testing for sexually transmitted diseases at home and accessing help online.
Dr. Linda Harris, Spectrum’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the news of being chosen by Wigan to deliver their sexual health services and are excited by the opportunity to support the ambitions the council has to develop innovative citizen centred sexual health and wellbeing services.
“We are very much looking forward to working with the council and the people of Wigan Borough to shape the services they want and need.”
The new service will begin from 1st March 2018.