Health and Social Care Committee

Sexual health inquiry

Inquiry status: open

The deadline for written submissions was Monday 1 October 2018. If you would like to send a submission please contact Committee staff at

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee seeks evidence on sexual health, including: 

  • Recent trends
  • Prevention
  • The commissioning and delivery of sexual health services, including contraception services. This includes:
    • Demand
    • Access
    • Funding
    • Standards
    • Co-commissioned services, e.g. HIV, PrEP, cervical screening, vaccinations, drugs and alcohol (chemsex)
    • Decommissioning of non-core services
    • Governance
  • Workforce issues
  • Action at national and local level to improve sexual health and sexual health services – the role of Government, NHS England, Public Health England and local authorities

The impact of STIs remains greatest in young heterosexuals 15 to 24 years; black ethnic minorities; and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), so the inquiry would particularly welcome evidence on the issues facing these specific groups of the population. We would also welcome submissions on sexual health services for over-50s.

Terms of reference: Sexual health

Latest evidence

  • 05 Feb 2019 - Sexual Health - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF312 KB) HC 1419 | Published 08 Feb 2019

    Evidence given by Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Community Wellbeing Board, Local Government Association, Dr Olwen Williams, President, British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), Dr Anne Connolly, Clinical Champion for Women’s Health, Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr Asha Kasliwal, President, Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive HealthcareIan Green, Chief Executive, Terrence Higgins Trust, Marion Wadibia, Chief Executive, NAZ Project London, Laura Russell, Head of Policy, Stonewall, Dr Anatole Menon-Johansson, Clinical Director, Brook

    Watch this evidence session

Next meeting(s)

26 February 2019 2:30 pm

Oral Evidence Session

Sexual Health
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Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health England
Professor Jim McManus, Vice President, Association of Directors of Public Health
Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care, Department of Health and Social Care
Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health England
Dominic Hardy, Director of Primary Care Delivery, NHS England




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