Considering the low number of referrals of ‘risk reduction’ patients to the HIV and Sexual Health Psychology service in comparison to number of patients presenting with sexual risk taking at referring sexual health clinics, we implemented a ‘sexual wellbeing’ service development initiative in 2016.Introduction
We aimed to compare all the ‘risk reduction’ referrals in 2014 to 2016 in order to reflect on the impact of the service developments implemented in 2016.Methods
A retrospective case note review was conducted to identify referral rates to psychology over a 1-year period in 2014 and 2016. Age at referral, referral outcome and number of sessions were included.Results
The number of referral increased fivefold from 2014–2016. In 2014, 23 patients were referred. The mean age at referral was 32. 16 patients opted in to the service, 13 engaged in assessment/therapy. The mean number of sessions attended was 5. In 2016, 115 patients were referred. The mean age at referral was 36. 72 patients opted in and 48 patients engaged in assessment/therapy. The mean number of sessions was 3.Results
40 patients are still engaged with the service and will complete an intervention.Discussion
The service development initiative has resulted in a significant increase in the number of referrals to psychology. Further service initiatives are ongoing to address the continuing low number of patients opting in and engaging with psychological interventions.