Swanswell programme helps people improve their sex life in Birmingham
18 September 2012
More than 170 people affected by sexual dysfunction have been helped by an innovative service in Birmingham, created by Swanswell.
This week (17 to 23 September) is Sexual Health Week and the national charity is joining many other organisations in raising awareness of the importance of having good sexual health.
Swanswell understands that for some, talking about sexual health can be difficult, so the national charity’s developed a service model to identify and treat sexual dysfunction using screening and simple brief interventions.
Sexual dysfunction can be caused by physical problems (such as illness or injury), psychological issues or a combination or both, for example anxiety following heart surgery.
Swanswell’s Sex and Wellbeing Model can be used during the course of other treatments accessed by patients across a range of healthcare services like doctor’s surgeries, drug and alcohol misuse services and family planning clinics.
A trained worker will carry out an initial assessment for anyone referred by a General Practitioner (GP) in Birmingham and will provide basic treatment.
If further help is needed, they can be referred to the programme’s sex therapist or work closely with their GP if a medical condition is identified.
Treatment is also available through a drop-in clinic at the New Attitudes Contraception and Sexual Health Service in Erdington every Thursday between 10am and 12pm.
Sarah Brighton, Business Development Manager at Swanswell, said: ‘Our sex and wellbeing service can help anyone facing difficulties with sexual dysfunction get the appropriate treatment quickly, so they can continue enjoying their relationships.
‘Issues such as erectile dysfunction are more common than people think, so they shouldn’t feel embarrassed about talking to us. Simple changes to lifestyle or their way of thinking, can make a big difference.’