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Title: The future commissioning for HIV prevention services in London
Post by: Fraser Serle on August 1 2013, 06:32 am
From 1 April 2013 a range of public health responsibilities, including the commissioning of HIV prevention services, transferred from the NHS to local authorities.  The London boroughs are keen to ensure that the HIV prevention activities they commission are effective and meet the needs of their local populations.

Therefore the Directors of Public Health for London have commissioned a London-wide needs assessment to inform the future commissioning of HIV prevention services.   Part of this needs assessment is to gather evidence of “what works” in the primary and secondary prevention of HIV, and interventions focused on reducing or modifying risk-taking behaviours. In addition to reviewing relevant published studies and information on HIV prevention, they have issued a call for evidence to identify unpublished ‘grey literature’ on successful HIV prevention interventions and programmes.

This ‘grey literature’ may include:
    Conference papers, presentations and reports
    Project and programme evaluations
    Service audits

Submissions of evidence for HIV prevention and risk taking behaviour interventions that meet the following criteria:
    The intervention can be clearly described
    That clear objectives and outcomes were defined for the intervention/programme
    The intervention/programme has been / is being evaluated providing evidence relating to the effectiveness and /or cost   
    effectiveness of the intervention
    They been delivered in urban settings in a high income country

To find out how to participate go to www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/hivprevention


Title: Re: The future commissioning for HIV prevention services in London
Post by: David Stuart on August 1 2013, 07:42 am
6 years ago, the substance misuse sector were grappling with a new trend in MSM GBL and Methamphetamine use. Needs Assessments were carried out and training provided to substance misuse staff to ensure that local services could meet the needs of these small but endangered populations.
It didn't work.
These MSM chose to ignore these services, and seek out expert beyond their borough borders.
The lack of local expertise resulted (arguably) in a syndemic of drug use and HIV/HCV co-infection amongst MSM.
I applaud the efforts to assess the needs of local populations, and provide local expertise. I also applaud minority groups and smaller, most-at-risk populations who care enough about their own health and well-being to google-search and travel to the services that will best meet their needs, however long a journey that may be.


Title: Re: The future commissioning for HIV prevention services in London
Post by: David Stuart on August 1 2013, 07:43 am
6 years ago, the substance misuse sector were grappling with a new trend in MSM GBL and Methamphetamine use. Needs Assessments were carried out and training provided to substance misuse staff to ensure that local services could meet the needs of these small but endangered populations.
It didn't work.
These MSM chose to ignore these services, and seek out expert care beyond their borough borders.
The lack of local expertise resulted (arguably) in a syndemic of drug use and HIV/HCV co-infection amongst MSM.
I applaud the efforts to assess the needs of local populations, and provide local expertise. I also applaud minority groups and smaller, most-at-risk populations who care enough about their own health and well-being to google-search and travel to the services that will best meet their needs, however long a journey that may be.