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This Briefing Paper is one of a series offering advice to commissioners of clinical psychology services in Sexual Health and HIV. It is closely related to Briefing Paper No.17, Clinical Psychology Services in HIV and Sexual Health: A Guide for Commissioners of Clinical Psychology Services (BPS, 2002), to which it frequently refers.
This Briefing Paper outlines the extent of need for services, the core services required and recommended staffing levels for clinical psychologists involved in the management and provision of sexual dysfunction services. The paper also describes standards upon which such services can be based, how these can be monitored, as well as suggesting a range of appropriate outcome measures. This includes teaching and consultation with those involved in assessing and treating sexual problems.
Aims of clinical psychology services for sexual dysfunction
The extent of psychological need Assessing the needs of services
Outcome measures/health gains
Core psychological services
Organisation of clinical psychology services
Recommended staffing levels and resources
Commissioning clinical psychology services
Standards upon which the service is based
Monitoring of quality outcomes and service audit