SH:24 took home the trophy in the Digital & Technology category at the prestigious annual awards that continue to recognise public sector ingenuity in defiance of austerity and cuts.
New peer-to-peer forum The Pill or What? offers personalised contraception advice with accurate clinical support in the wake of funding cuts to sexual health services.
This event on 5 December at Royal Society of Medicine in London asks how design can contribute to creative problem solving in global health.
Leading online sexual and reproductive health provider SH:24 has been crowned with the highest official UK award for British businesses: the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The award recognises the not-for-profit’s innovation through a free online STI testing and support service.
Response to Evening Standard article ('600 people a week turned away from oversubscribed sexual health clinics at one London NHS Trust', 28 January 2018) from Gillian Holdsworth, Managing Director of SH:24:
London urgently needs an online sexual health service that supports and strengthens capacity for the more complex cases to remain in its clinical settings, not one that weakens it through extended delays.
Clinic closures and the surge in turn-aways from sexual health clinics across the capital are a growing concern for us at SH:24. SH:24 has been providing an online STI testing service in Lambeth and Southwark for almost three years and we continue to step in across South East London following the delayed launch of the new London-wide digital service, which has been based upon our own award-winning specification.
Our model, co-designed with service users, promotes self-management of sexual health, self-sampling for STIs with treatment and/or clinic referral as appropriate and easy access to online clinical support with advice and signposting on our website.
STI diagnostic rates have fallen in Lambeth and Southwark between 2015/16 and 2016/17 by between 8.5-10% following the introduction of our online sexual health service. We have distributed more than 54,000 home testing kits across these boroughs in the last three years for STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV and there is currently a return rate of 80%.
We currently dispatch 1,600 orders on average per week. Last month we launched our new nationwide paid-for service, Fettle, in parallel with the free services we are commissioned by NHS Trusts and local authorities to provide in parts of south east London and other UK regions. This is in direct recognition of the high demand that continues to remain unmet for fast, anonymous and high-quality digital STI testing.
As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we want to see a sexual health service in London that is fit for purpose and ensures no-one is turned away.
Back in August we wrote about an exciting new service we’re planning to develop - a safe space online where people can have conversations about their experiences of contraception
Here's our quick start guide to getting involved in tonight's twitter chat as well the questions so you can think about what you might contribute...
Digital technologies are changing the way we deliver health care but how can we ensure no one is left behind?
Contraception affects different people in different ways. We’re pretty sure everyone has one friend who says the implant is a gift from the gods and another who jokes about removing it themselves.
We're super fortunate to have a clinical team comprising doctors, nurses and sexual health support workers at SH:24. One member of our team is clinical support worker, Stuart - here's a bit more of an introduction to what he does...
Here at SH:24 we are always looking for ways to innovate and improve our service. We’ve introduced selective testing in some of the areas we're commissioned in, and wanted to tell you a bit more about it.
Our team had a fantastic evening at the DL100 awards ceremony last week, filled with champagne, comedy and delicious foods. It was made only better by the news that we’d won the award for Cross-Sector Collaboration of the Year! The winner was decided half by the judges and half by a public vote so we want to say a huge thank you to the panel and to everyone who took the time to vote for us.
Our advice on reducing your risk of contacting Hepatitis A in light of a recent outbreak of the virus in England...
We were delighted to be awarded Innovation Team of the Year at the BMJ awards earlier this month. We've also been shortlisted in the DL100, Digital Leaders Cross Sector Collaboration of the Year award - read more about both awards and how you can help us to win the DL100 award...
How SH:24 approaches cyber security and keeping your information confidential
This week SH:24 talks to Shaveve Sharpe, who recently celebrated her first year with SH:24 as a member of our kit distribution team.
After months of hard work and testing the service with users of sexual and reproductive health services, online oral contraception is finally here...
A look at some of the diverse and often life-saving projects that have been nominated for the 2017 BMJ awards…
How can we retain access to contraceptive services when public funds are under pressure?
Meet our Chair, Dame Donna Kinnair, Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice at the Royal College of Nursing...