Anyone can share their ideas and all ideas will be considered by the council as it designs/redesigns the proposals for public health services in Lambeth.
HIV care and support services in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham are currently provided by a number of HIV specific organisations. The services provided are advice and advocacy, counselling, family support, peer support and signposting.
The impact of HIV has changed so the response to meeting the support needs of people living with HIV (PLHIV) needs to change too.
While there is still no cure for HIV, there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life. The number of HIV related deaths in the UK is now very low and the number of people living with HIV has therefore grown significantly. HIV has become an episodic condition like many other long term conditions. There is a range of good quality advice, advocacy and counselling services across Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham that already provide support and advice to people living with HIV who choose to use them rather than the specialist services and we intend to ensure that these services are more accessible and that PLHIV feel confident about using them to get their needs met.
This is especially important as there is increasing pressure on public services due to rising need and increased financial pressures within the NHS and local councils.
This means continuing to provide HIV specialist support services is not sustainable and we are proposing to make changes to what is available.
We propose that, in future, we will only provide services for PLHIV where appropriate alternative services do not exist. Therefore we are consulting with the providers of these services, their users, other PLHIV and other stakeholders on the impact of the changes we are proposing. We want to know what we need to do to better enable PLHIV to access existing (non-specialist) services that serve other people with long term conditions who have similar counselling, advice and support needs.
HIV care and support services in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham (LSL) are currently provided by a number of HIV specific organisations:
- Positive Parenting and Children (PPC)
- Terrence Higgins Trust (THT)
The services are funded by Lambeth council, Southwark CCG and Lewisham CCG and this consultation is being managed by Lambeth council on behalf of all three funding organisations who agree that the proposals put forward are the best way of meeting needs while managing a challenging funding position.
If you are a user of one of these services or a stakeholder who wishes to provide feedback on the proposed changes then please complete the Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham HIV Care and Support survey.
This survey has been open since April 14th 2016 and will remain open until 5pm 29th June to enable more feedback to be gathered.