These standards bring together the key elements of best practice that people seeking help in relation to STIs are entitled to expect, whichever service they choose to attend. They are a comprehensive revision and updating of the original 2010 edition, reflecting the major changes in sexual health commissioning arising from the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and developments in clinical practice.
The revised standards will support local authorities in commissioning and monitoring services to ensure consistently high standards of care regardless of provider. They will also support service providers in the delivery of high quality care. For the first time, they set out quality measures for services commissioned by local authorities to achieve, mirroring the approach of NICE quality standards.
The effective management of STIs, as specified in the standards, will improve health outcomes for individuals, protect the broader public health and contain costs to the NHS.
The standards are formally endorsed by the Association of Directors of Public Health, the Faculty of Public Health, the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, the Genito-Urinary Nurses Association, the Local Government Association, Public Health England, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of Physicians, the Society of Sexual Health Advisers and the HIV Pharmacy Association