With increasing numbers of primary and community healthcare providers playing a role, alongside GUM clinics, in the management of STIs, these revised standards bring together for 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 provide a framework for monitoring performance which covers the core principles of STI care, staff training, clinical assessment and management, diagnostics, information governance, links to other services, clinical governance and the engagement of patients and the public. 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 were produced by the Medical Foundation for AIDS & Sexual Health (MedFASH) for and with the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)and a range of other organisations were actively involved in the development of the standards and the leaflet. The standards are formally endorsed by the leading relevant professional bodies: the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing, Public Health England, the Local Government Association, The Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Association of Directors of Public Health, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, the Genito-urinary Nurses Association, the Society of Sexual Health Advisers, and the HIV Pharmacy Association, the Faculty of Public Health.
Please Click here for the May 2013 BASHH and MedFASH Joint Statement from Janet Wilson and Ruth Lowbury
Please Click here for the 2014 Standards document