Editors: Rosie Ilett, Alison Bigrigg

Transforming Sexual Health in Scotland: Cultural, Organisational and Partnership Approaches

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ISBN: 978-1-60805-101-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-065-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2010
DOI: 10.2174/97816080506591100101

Introduction

This edited collection provides a unique insight into sexual health in Scotland. It sets out the challenges facing Scotland in terms of poor sexual health and inequalities, within devolved government arrangements and a different healthcare system from the rest of the UK. It suggests that these factors have facilitated the development of an integrated model of sexual health planning and delivery with resonance beyond Scotland

Chapter authors include clinical specialists, managers and policy-makers, academics and senior government officials from Scotland and other parts of the UK, all of whom have an active role in commissioning, delivering or commenting upon sexual health services or sexual health. Both editors have significant experience in developing, delivering and managing innovative sexual and reproductive health services and have held national and international leadership and advisory roles concerning health policy and service management. They were instrumental in developing and delivering Sandyford, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s sexual health service – the largest in the UK and viewed as the UK leader in progressive service development

Foreword

At the start of a new decade, it is increasingly apparent that health care has to interface with society in the broadest sense as well as with the physiology of the individual. Sexual health is at the boundary between health and society. It reflects the outcomes of human behaviour, is assisted by increasingly sophisticated technology and treatments, and is influenced by legislation and policy making that shifts over time

This collection takes sexual health as the subject for investigation, and addresses it through reviewing the experience of Scotland in the United Kingdom. The editors and contributors make a strong case for suggesting that the governance and policy context, coupled with Scotland’s poor health record, have allowed creative responses to occur to address poor sexual health and to challenge some of the longstanding societal mores.

Chapters are written by experts in the field – from clinical, health improvement, policy and management – many of whom have been active players in the developments and changes that the book sets out. The approaches taken in the chapters vary depending on the aspect of sexual health being covered, and this makes the collection of wide interest. It demonstrates the high levels of innovation, lateral thinking, clarity of purpose and genuine multi-agency working that characterises the successful approach that has been taken in Scotland.

Difficult challenges remain, but there is a lot here that will benefit those elsewhere in the UK and more widely afield, and I am delighted to recommend this collection.

Dr Christine RobinsonMA FRCOG FFSRH
President, Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


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