The objective of this paper was to identify and describe enhanced sexual health services (ESHSs) commissioned for testing, diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in primary and community care settings in England. ESHSs commissioned by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England were determined by telephone survey. Further information on service provision was collected by a follow-up email survey. By April 2009, 464 ESHSs had been commissioned to offer testing, diagnosis and treatment of STIs. Most providers were enhanced general practices (56%). Two in five PCTs did not offer any ESHSs and five PCTs had neither genitourinary medicine services nor ESHSs. Among 52 ESHSs that responded, screening and partner notification strategies varied. The distribution and characteristics of ESHS provision in England are heterogeneous emphasizing the need to establish clear clinical care pathways between services. Routine reporting and analysis of service activity could help ensure provision meets local needs.
- Community care
- Enhanced sexual health services
- Family planning services
- General practice
- Primary care