Survey of plans to tender for genito-urinary medicine services

Letter to NHS SHA Cluster Chief Executives, NHS PCT Cluster Chief Executives and Specialist Commissioning Groups



Details of any current or future plans to tender sexual health genito-urinary medicine (GUM) services are being sought from strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and specialist commissioning groups.

In many areas HIV treatment services are co-located within GUM services and the Department of Health is particularly interested in the impact any tender will have on HIV treatment services where they are currently provided alongside GUM. A letter to chief executives includes a short questionnaire for reply by 12 October 2012.

The Department will consider the responses and any need for further DH guidance to assist in promoting a smooth transition to the new commissioning arrangements from 2013.