Important BASHH Information

In case you are not aware COVID-19 means This is CODE RED. Physical Distancing means 2 metres apart. Are your services compliant? If not, stop what you are doing and implement change IMMEDIATELY.

Dear BASHH Members,

This page has been set up to provide BASHH members with a central resource that can support local responses to COVID-19 and contingency planning. The ambition is to keep this page updated with useful items as the situation develops in the coming weeks. Please follow the announcements below.

Additional documents can be downloaded from the resource library below. If you have any suggestions for this page, or have items that you feel would be useful for other BASHH members to have sight of, please email

Updated BASHH COVID-19 Guidance (November 2020)

Please find below updated BASHH COVID-19 guidance that has been revised and refreshed to incorporate recent environmental developments and feedback from members, including new ‘key principles’ within the contingency planning guidance to help guide service delivery in the months ahead.

  • Pandemic COVID-19: Contingency planning for out-patient Genitourinary Medicine, Contraception and Sexual Health Services (including online) and HIV services - Click Here
  • COVID-19: 1-Page GUM Plan - Click Here


There have been dramatic changes in how sexual health and reproductive health services are delivered due to the COVID-19 response. Partners across the sector are working to understand the impact of these changes to inform recovery and renewal plans. Public Health England (PHE) and Central North West London (CNWL) have worked collaboratively to develop a suite of resources for local use to support this process. The suite consists of four components:


BASHH has developed a resource setting out initial recommendations and guiding principles for the restoration of sexual health services as they adapt to the changing waveform of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the UK, and specifically phase 2 emergence from the period of most pronounced national lockdown in April & May 2020. These principles have been developed through consultation with the membership, alongside input from national partner agencies including National AIDS Trust, the Terrence Higgins Trust, the British HIV Association and other individuals with expertise in sexual health and HIV

Downloadable PDFs:

Directory of COVID-19 support services from HIV community organisations

BHIVA is working with NAT to create a directory of COVID-19 support services offered by HIV community organisations. This is in response to requests both from clinics and from members of the HIV community. The role of community organisations is critical at this time, whether providing online or telephone counselling, or advice on other issues arising from the lock down, such as how to access supplies of food and medication, problems with employment or housing.

This central directory will be updated regularly with information about new organisations or changes in services offered. A link is provided here: Link


Pandemic Flu Contingency Plan: In 2007 Simon Barton and Jackie Sherrard authored a preparatory paper on contingency planning for out-patient GUM and HIV services in the context of pandemic flu. You may find the recommendations in this paper useful to support your own local service planning.

Umbrella Sexual Health COVID-19 Planning Documents: Umbrella Sexual Health Service in Birmingham have kindly shared a number of very helpful COVID-19 contingency planning documents, available for all BASHH members to download below:

Wycombe COVID-19 Clinic Guidance

Exemplar COVID-19 temporary in-house protocols: Zip folder containing range of helpful COVID-19 protocol documents, from telephone triage advice, template patient letters, courier request forms and FP10 toolkits.

This section includes useful materials supplied by colleagues at Guy's and St Thomas' to support the designing of sexual health services during the Coronavirus.





On Friday 13th March, BASHH circulated a ‘quickfire’ survey to members asking for feedback on local COVID-19 contingency plans that were being put in place, and to encourage the sharing of tips and advice. As of the evening of Monday 16th March, 44 members have responded to the survey, and a snapshot of information submitted is available to download in the following documents:

At the beginning of April BASHH circulated a survey to members to help understand how COVID-19 is affecting the capacity and ability of sexual health services to deliver essential and other functions, now and in the future. Respondents were encouraged to answer as many of the questions as possible, and to base their responses on ‘best estimates’ reflecting their immediate situation, in recognition of the need to acquire a national picture of services as quickly as possible. BASHH are continuning to ciruclate this survey every two to three weeks to monitor how service capacity is changing as the situation progresses.

BASHH COVID-19 Clinical Thermometer Survey Results

As of the morning of Monday 18th May, the second round of the survey has generated 115 responses, with summary findings from the first and second round set out below. Members are being encouraged to respond to the survey on an ongoing basis, and further summary findings will be shared in the coming days and weeks.

First Round:

Second Round:

Third Round:

Sexual Health Service Recovery Survey June 2020


COVID-19 Contact Tracing

As part of a COVID-19 testing and contact tracing programme, Public Health England is looking recruit staff from public health backgrounds to support contact tracing activities at a local and national level. For sexual health staff interested in contributing to this service please find details on the roles available and how to apply below.

Downloadable PDFs:

Details have also been published on the NHS Professionals website about how people can register to become a virtual ‘Clinical Contact Caseworker’, to help support tracing and tracking efforts for COVID-19 patients. The role is advertised for those at Band 6 level and above, with further details available online here.

On Wednesday 22nd April BASHH circulated a Contact Tracing capacity survey to members to understand how many sexual health service personnel have high level awareness and expertise in Partner Notification and Contact Tracing. The survey was produced to support public health initiatives that are being taken forward in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey closed on Monday 27th April and received 231 responses, full analysis of results is available below. Interim analysis by BASHH President, Dr John McSorley, has also been provided.

Downloadable PDFs:

HIGH RISK INDIVIDUALS: Identifying, registering and providing care

This is an online process , which the individual can do or ask someone else to register for them. Please note an NHS number is required.

Patients need a letter to prove that they fall into the category that entitles them to access assistance or get delivery slots for online shopping/delivery etc.

Some patients will ask you to provide a letter; many who have a condition listed on the website will already have received a letter from their GP or another specialist service.

For HIV patients who are considered extremely vulnerable by BHIVA but not listed in the guidance above, please use the BHIVA letter template, available to download here.

Please visit the BHIVA website for updated guidance.

This section outlines sources available to help support the safeguarding patients that have been identified as clinically high risk, broadly these patients will include people with underlying disease or health conditions. These materials have been designed for clinicians and service providers to notify at risk patients and answer questions on the provision of care to those most at risk during this time. Materials are available to download below:

ADPH Prioritisation of Sexual & Reproductive Health Services

The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) have published a series of documents outlining the urgent steps that must be taken to maintain, to our best ability under the unique circumstances, the wider public’s sexual and reproductive health.

The documents set out specific recommendations for sexual health services, primary care, community pharmacies and specialist care settings in the context of COVID-19, and are available to download below. Further information is available on the ADPH website.

BASHH Membership Video Conference

To support members with the latest COVID-19 developments and a range of related issues BASHH President Dr John McSorley and other available BASHH Officers have oragnised membership video conferences. It is hoped that these video conferences will take place on a regular basis, every two weeks. The latest minutes from these video conferences are available below.

If you are keen to join the next discussion, please contact

BASHH Members Q&A Sessions
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20 May 2020

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3 June 2020

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17 June 2020

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1 July 2020

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15 July 2020

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28 July 2020

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29 July 2020

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30 September 2020

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14 October 2020

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28 October 2020

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11 November 2020

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25 November 2020

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9 December 2020

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16 December 2020

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6 January 2021

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13 January 2021

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20 January 2021

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Other useful resources in the context of COVID-19 will be made available below:

Clinical resources and SOPs

FRSH COVID-19 Resources


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