Aberdeenshire Sexual Health

Main Contact

Fiona Murray
Public Health Coordinator (K&M)
Tel: 01569 792074

About Work

Scotland has a history of poor sexual health with rising incidence of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe. Many sexual health indicators are worse where people are poorest.

National Policy

The Sexual health and BBV Framework sets out the Scottish Government agenda in relation to sexual health, HIV, Hep C and Hep B for the next four years. The framework reflects an ambitious vision for sexual health and BBV in Scotland. The Scottish Government, NHS Boards, Local Authorities and 3rd Sector Organisations all have essential roles to play in progressing the outcomes both individually and in partnership.

Framework outcomes:

  1. Fewer newly acquired blood borne virus and sexually transmitted infections; fewer unintended pregnancies
  2. A reduction in the health inequalities gap in sexual health and blood borne viruses
  3. People affected by blood borne viruses lead longer, healthier lives
  4. Sexual relationships are free from coercion and harm
  5. A society where the attitudes of individuals, the public, professionals and the media in Scotland towards sexual health and blood borne viruses are positive, non-stigmatising and supportive.
NHS Grampian Sexual Health and BBV Strategy

The Grampian Sexual health and Blood Borne Virus Strategy sets out the local Managed Clinical Network agenda in relation to Sexual Health, HIV, Hep C and Hep B for the next 3 years.
In order to progress towards the five outcomes identified in national policy, NHS Grampian and partners will target activity over the coming three years. In doing this they plan to:

  • Improve the quality, range, consistency, accessibility and cohesion of sexual health services
  • Support everyone, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, age or disability, to acquire and maintain the knowledge, skills and values necessary for good sexual wellbeing and to avoid sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy
  • Positively influence cultural and social factors that impact on sexual health
  • Reduce new transmissions of HIV
  • Reduce undiagnosed HIV through increasing testing and early diagnosis
  • Ensure universal access to high quality HIV treatment and care
  • Support those living with, and affected by, HIV in Grampian
  • Prevent the spread of Hepatitis C, particularly among people who inject drugs
  • Diagnose Hepatitis C infected persons, particularly those who would most benefit from treatment
  • Ensure that those infected with Hepatitis C receive optimal treatment, care and support
  • Establish an understanding of the epidemiology and burden of Hepatitis B related disease in Grampian
  • Enusre optimal prevention, treatment, care and support for those living with, or at risk of, Hepatitis B within Grampian

Sexual Health and BBV Managed Clinical Network

The Sexual Health and BBV MCN has wide representation including NHSG PH directorate, sexual health services, CHPs, pharmacy, Local Authorities and the third sector. It is responsible for progressing the Grampian action plan, maintaining an overview of action in Grampian across the sectors and reports directly to the Scottish Government. The group is chaired by the NHSG Executive lead for sexual health, the Deputy Director of Public Health.

It is the responsibility of Aberdeenshire partners to ensure the actions in the Grampian plan are implemented at a local level.

The Aberdeenshire Multi-Agency Sexual Health Group

This group is currently under review.

Teenage Pregnancy Toolkit

The Teenage Pregnancy Toolkit is a self-assessment tool used to measure performance on a number of quality indicators related to teenage pregnancy. A working group with representation from Local Authority (current chair of group), Sexual health and BBV Health Improvement and training, SH&BBV MCN / Specialist Services and Public Health have completed the toolkit and meet and on a periodic basis to review progress.

Ongoing work across Aberdeenshire

Sexual Health and Relationships Education (SHARE)

SHARE is a Scottish Government multi agency training initiative has been rolled out in schools across Aberdeenshire over the last few years. A wide variety of staff have been trained including: School Nurses and Guidance staff. Training is ongoing for new staff.

Consultant / Nurse led clinics

In areas of deprivation sexual health behaviour is more risky and this leads to a higher number of sexual health needs. Geographical challenges in the area can make it difficult for those in deprived areas to access services in Aberdeen. To meet this need, Consultant and Nurse led Clinics have been initiated in Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Banff. Each clinic offers a range of services including:

Banff Sexual Health Clinic – every Monday, 1pm – 5pm, Deveron Vale
Fraserburgh –
Peterhead –

Health Hubs

Advice and treatment is available across Grampian however teenagers can find it challenging to access health services locally due to: proximity and opening times of services; not being registered with a GP in the same town as their school; fear about lack of confidentiality.

Following evidence from Health Respect in Lothian, which suggested the development of sexual health drop-ins for young people improved access to advice, information and signposting to other services, safer sex and treatment; Aberdeenshire have developed a health hub model, guidance below. To ensure the sustainability and success of Health Hubs, development and delivery should be multi-agency. Health hubs have been initiated in areas of high need in relation to teenage pregnancies. Details of current health hubs are as follows:

Inverurie – Mondays, 1pm-2pm, Inverurie Community Centre
Fraserburgh – Mondays, 1pm-2pm, Dover Lodge (Fraserburgh)
Banff –

In 2014/2015 additional areas will be identified and work will continue with local authority partners.


The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2011 – 2015.

Grampian Sexual Health and Wellbeing and Blood Borne Virus Strategy 2012 – 2015.
Please click on this link to view.

Respect and Responsibility. Strategy and Action Plan for Improving Sexual Health

Better Health Better Care (2007) Scottish Government: Edinburgh. Available from: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/206458/0054871.pdf

NHS Quality Improvement Standards Scotland. Sexual health services standards – March 2008


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