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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, England - 2014-15

National statistics, Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Provider, Hospital Trusts, Local Authorities, Regions, Country, Independent Sector Health Care Providers
Date Range:
01 Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 2015


On 4/04/2016, table 20 in this report was republished. This corrects an error made by Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust in their Q3 submission where some of their clinic IDs were incorrect.  This only affects figures for Leicester, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Telford and the Wrekin in table 20 and all other figures remain unchanged.  In general the HSCIC does not republish reports for local errors such as these and instead places an error note on the webpage to alert users. However, as this error did not affect the written report and national level tables it has been decided to republish the affected table on this occasion. The HSCIC apologises for any inconvenience caused.


This publication covers activity taking place in the community at dedicated Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services, including activity at non NHS service providers where available.


SRH services include family planning services, community contraception clinics, integrated GUM and SRH services and young people's services e.g. Brook advisory centres. They provide a range of services including, but not exclusively, contraception provision and advice, sexual health treatment and advice, pregnancy related care, abortion related care, cervical screening, psychosexual therapy, PMS treatment, colposcopy services, fertility treatment and care and gynaecological treatment and care.


A contact within this report may be a clinic attendance or a contact with the service at a non-clinic venue. Non face to face contacts (e.g. by telephone) are not currently included, but it does include activity at non-clinic venues (such as home visits / outreach).


The data includes non-English residents using services based in England.


This report excludes services provided in out-patient clinics, at community pharmacies and those provided by General Practitioners, unless otherwise stated.


During the period April 2014 to March 2015:

Overall contacts

  • There were 2.13 million contacts with dedicated SRH services made by 1.31 million individuals. This represented a decrease of 4 per cent (81,843) on the number of contacts in 2013/14 (2.21 million). It also represented a decrease of 2 per cent (32,051) in the number of individuals attending SRH services.  
  • 8 per cent of the resident population of women between the ages of 13 and 54 had at least one contact with an SRH service. For men in the same age group, 1 per cent of the resident population had at least one contact.
  • Women aged 18 to 19 were most likely to use an SRH service, with 21 per cent having at least one contact.

Contacts for contraception

  • Almost 1 million (941,169) women contacted SRH services on one or more occasions for reasons of contraception (excluding where only advice was provided). 31,765 (3 per cent) of those were aged under 16.
  • Over the last ten years, the proportion using Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives has been increasing and the proportion using user dependent methods has been decreasing. However, oral contraceptives (a user dependent method) were still the most common form of contraception item in use, being the main method for 45 per cent of women.

Emergency contraception

  • The number of emergency contraception items provided to women by both SRH services and at other locations in the community was approximately 318,000 in 2014/15. This has fallen steadily over the last ten years, from a total of approximately 521,000 in 2004/05, a decrease of 39 per cent[1].
  • The number of emergency contraception items provided to under 16s by SRH services over the last ten years, has fallen both in real terms and as a percentage of those provided to women of all ages. 8,884 items of emergency contraception were provided to under 16's by SRH services in 2014/15, representing 8 per cent of the total, compared to 24,544 items in 2004/05 (a decrease of 64 per cent), which represented 14 per cent of the total.
  • There were 7,511 women aged 13 to 15 provided with emergency contraception by an SRH service at least once, representing 8 per 1000 population.


[1] Please note, these figures do not represent the full volume of emergency contraceptives provided. Since 2001, the reclassification of emergency hormonal contraception (EHC), meant that it could also be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy without a prescription (by women aged 16 and over).


Last edited: 11 April 2018 5:19 pm