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Contraception

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training on the provision of advice on (a) contraception and (b) long-acting methods of contraception is available for nurses whose main duties do not relate to the provision of sexual health services. (253454)

Education and training for all nurses is the responsibility of their employers in light of local priorities and local assessment of training needs. The need for both general contraception and specifically long acting reversible contraception training has been identified as a priority, locally, regionally and nationally.

Training is available from a range of professional bodies, voluntary organisations and educational establishments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will review the role of termination of pregnancy clinics in providing advice on contraception; (253455)

(2) if he will review his policy on the provision of advice on contraception immediately following (a) the termination of a pregnancy and (b) repeat terminations of pregnancies.

As set out in the NHS Operating Framework for 2009-10, from 1 April 2009, the standard national health service contract includes the requirement that abortion service providers should provide contraception advice and treatment services. The contract specifies that providers must draw up plans, to be approved by each commissioner, to improve access for women to the full range of contraception advice and treatment during attendance for medical or surgical abortion. This should include follow up arrangements for women who do not receive contraceptive advice or treatment at the time of abortion.