NHS Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham - commissioning for improved sexual health and HIV services *
Summary: In January 2013, the Commissioning for Sexual Health and HIV team for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham were developing their HIV care and support. The commissioning team undertook a comprehensive review to ensure that HIV care and support services were modernised in light of the changing needs of people living with HIV and treatment advances.
Action taken: The Public Sector Equality Duty meant there was a thorough consultation and engagement process which gave communities an opportunity to comment on the commissioning intentions and the changes.
Outcome: The Commissioning Team followed the principles of the PSED and engaged with people with protected characteristics for the reviews and changes that were to be made for HIV care. New HIV pathways were then implemented in order to give better care for people living with HIV.
* Source: Joint response to the Government's Review of the Public Sector Equality Duty from a group of disability charities and disabled people’s organisations including: Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea, Action on Hearing Loss, Disability Rights UK, Inclusion London, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Mind, National AIDS Trust, Royal National Institute of Blind People, Scope and Sense