Transforming Sexual Health in Scotland: Cultural, Organisational and Partnership Approaches

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This edited collection provides a unique insight into sexual health in Scotland. It sets out the challenges facing Scotland in terms of poor sexual health and inequalities, within devolved government ...
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Managing Patients Differently - The Scottish National Sexual Health IT System (NaSH)

Pp. 45-58 (14)

Andrew J Winter


The concluding chapter in this section of the book provides a comprehensive review of the evolution of the Scottish sexual health patient information system - NaSH, and its eventual implementation. With all NHS Health Boards, at the time of writing, either using or about to introduce NaSH, this is a significant achievement, given the previous patchy nature of sexual health patient records in Scotland as the chapter describes. Dr Winter, a GUM consultant and expert in sexual health information management, was part of the group behind the NaSH system, and conveys the multiple strands that NaSH needed to incorporate, and the internal and external challenges that needed to be overcome.

The NaSH system was funded by the Scottish Government to support increased access to services and to bring all sexual health services in Scotland into the 21st century in IT terms in line with the inception of the Sexual Health Strategy. It needed to meet the needs of national governance and local commissioners for robust information about client uptake, service efficiency and sexual health demographics; of clinicians and NHS managers for a workable and efficient system that maximised client outcomes; and of clients for a system that made services increasingly accessible yet protected confidentiality in a highly sensitive clinical area. The commissioning and tendering process for the NaSH system is described, and a range of tables and documents drawn from the development process included that illuminate the complexity of the system, and the issues that had to be addressed.