Greater Manchester Contraceptive Needs Assessment Report

By Wendy Alam, 24th January 2020

Within the Greater Manchester Population Health Plan, a commitment was made to achieve the greatest and fastest improvement to the health, wealth and wellbeing of the 2.8 million people who live in Greater Manchester

One area focussed upon is sexual and reproductive health. Poor sexual and reproductive health, including the on-going transmission of HIV, has major impacts on our residents, and despite the progress made, we still have high rates of HIV, STIs and terminations of pregnancy in the conurbation. Poor sexual health also contributes to inequalities, with our more deprived populations experiencing worse sexual health.

Methods of contraception can be broadly divided into two groups - Long acting reversible contraception (LARCs) and User dependent methods (UDMs). Although LARCs are widely accepted to be the most effective and cost-efficient methods of contraception, it has been recognised that all methods of contraception provide a highly cost-effective public health intervention. This is due to the economic benefits of reducing unplanned pregnancies that have a cost to an individual, the healthcare system and the State and that a short-term reduction in contraception spend is poor financial planning as it will ultimately result in higher long-term costs. This has been evidenced in the economic analysis conducted by PHE1 which suggests a £9 saving for every £1 invested in contraception provision in England.

The purpose of this report is to explore some of the issues in relation to contraceptive services in Greater Manchester, and in particular the interface between primary and secondary care services.

To download the report, Click Here.The download consists of three files – the report itself and two appendices.

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