Looking after your sexual health

Promoting sexual health

Sexual health is a broad term. It covers the provision of clinical services as well as prevention programmes.

Prevention programmes include the following:

  • healthy relationships
  • emotional resilience
  • consent
  • prevention of child sexual exploitation
  • relationships and sex education in schools
  • behavioural tools to encourage safer sex
  • sexual health outreach and health promotion.

The provision of sexual health is complex. There are a wide range of providers which include the following:

  • acute hospitals
  • general practice
  • community pharmacies
  • community services
  • the voluntary, charitable and independent sector

Buckinghamshire Sexual Health and Wellbeing (bSHaW) service delivers sexual health services across Buckinghamshire. For more information on all sexual health services in your local area, visit the Sexual health Bucks website.

Wellbeing in Sexual Health (WISH) Training

WISH is part of the Sexual Health promotion programme. The programme is led by Public Health at Buckinghamshire Council.

The aim of the programme is to promote the sexual health and wellbeing of all Bucks residents. Sexual health is everybody’s business!

The programme equips those working with clients and individuals of all ages (whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, disability or sexuality) with the knowledge, skills and tools as follows:

Developing resilience

  • Respect
  • Encouraging clients to seek out consensual healthy and safe sexual relationships

Please visit Sexual Health Buckinghamshire website for information on courses and to apply.

Non-contracted out of area sexual health activity

Buckinghamshire Council is one of eighteen Local Authorities who have signed up to the South East Local Authorities Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Cross Charging Policy.

The majority of residents in Buckinghamshire access Sexual and Reproductive services locally. Some of our residents choose to access services outside of Buckinghamshire. This can be because they live on the border of Buckinghamshire or work in neighbouring authority areas.

The South East Policy details how the Local Authority will reimburse providers for Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) activity for Buckinghamshire Residents attending sexual health services commissioned by other Local Authorities.

Last reviewed: 14/09/2022

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