Sexual health workers in Walsall are celebrating after their emergency contraception service was ranked top out of 146 in the country.
Staff from Walsall integrated Sexual Health (WiSH) took part in the FRSH (Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare) emergency contraception benchmarking audit which ran from January to April this year.
Out of 146 services – which included 96 specialist services and 53 GP services – Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust was ranked first place.
The audit focused on four standards for services providing emergency contraception to benchmark their practice against other services in the UK:
- What percentage of women suitable for a Cu-IUD (copper intrauterine device) were provided with information about Cu-IUD as a method of emergency contraception?
- What percentage of women suitable for Cu-IUD were offered Cu-IUD as an option for emergency contraception?
- What percentage of women were given contraceptive advice?
- What percentage of women were given sexual health advice?
Becky Chell, Senior Sister, said: “All the data was collated by our Contraception and Sexual Health Nurse Specialist Kerrie Lewis and our service received a score of 100% for each of the four auditable outcomes.
“This is a real achievement for Walsall Healthcare and the fact that we have been ranked first place out of 146 services is down to the dedication and hard work of all our staff who provide this important service. It also assures the people of all ages who use our services that they are being given first class support to make the choices that are right for them.”
Nicola Wenlock, Divisional Director of Midwifery, Gynaecology and Sexual Health, added: “ This is an outstanding achievement for the Sexual Health team demonstrating its commitment to providing a high standard of care.”