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Improving access to sexual health services

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´╗┐Improving access to sexual health services Our sexual health service visitor Sarah follows a national government initiative of ?improving access to sexual health services for young people in further education settings?. This is to give young people who are in further education e.g. college the access to services and to provide them with a better knowledge of sexual health. Some of the key points of this initiative are that sexual health services should be provided for young people in a more accessible format, colleges should be proactive in this provision of services and Young people are a key target group for health services, particularly in relation to sexual health. Introducing and improving on health advice services in further education has a positive impact as it helps young people to avoid STI?s and unplanned pregnancies. The outcomes of this initiative are that it provides information, advice and services that can help them at any time. Providing access to sexual health services has been proven to be a good preventative and cost effective way. Young people are the group that are least likely to be able to access contraception and sexual health services for many reasons, some may be that adult services are intimidating and it makes it difficult for young people to access. ...read more.


The tax payer does not have to pay for more young people who have had an unplanned pregnancy to have housing and to receive benefits. People are less stressed and less worried about their health if they know they have easy access to sexual health services. Improved Knowledge of young people (relating to sexual health) Sarah goes around to different services and educates people about the younger population and sexual health because some people may become judgmental and do not know how to overcome that and treat them. Young people want to go to a service and not be judged. Having an improved knowledge of young people in relation to sexual health benefits young people as they get more of an understanding from people, they do not feel patronized by adults who may not approve of what they do. This enables young people to access sexual health services without fear of being judged. This reduces the number of young people with an STI and it then also reduces the cost of treating them. They understand more about young people and sexual health as people can be very judgmental towards people they do not understand. ...read more.


Avoid unintended conceptions Sarah goes around and educates colleges and the students that in them about the importance of contraception in order to reduce the ammount of conceptions. There is a lower rate of pregnancies which means that the young people will not miss out on their education (college). They then have better job prospects as they have stayed in education and gotten their qualifications. Society doesn?t have to pay as much as they do and the NHS?s costs are less. Decrease in STIs Sarah educates students about the importance of contraception and what the possible STI's are and the repercussions. There would be a larger amount of healthier people who do not have any STI?s which allows them to take more of an active role in society. Young people can get on with their lives a bit more as they are not worrying about their health and how it is being effected by The cost of it is lower as there are less people to treat, also overall the long term results are better and the long term cost is more efficient. o Costs o Health o Education o Emotional well being o Social implications (housing, employment) ...read more.

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Good work regarding improving young people's access to sexual health services. The work of the sexual health worker was well-described and the benefits of it were linked to the government initiative.

I would have liked to have seen a little more information about the initiative - when was it introduced and what prompted it?

The writing style was good overall.

Marked by teacher Diane Apeah-Kubi 28/06/2013

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