Background Sector-led improvement (SLI) is an approach where local authorities (LA) help each other to continuously improve. It is replacing more traditional performance frameworks, however, the approach lacks a clear methodology. We developed and piloted an evidence-based SLI approach to drive improvements in sexual health (SH) within LAs.
Aim(s) To develop and pilot an evidenced-based SLI toolkit
Methods Key components for effective SLI were identified following a review of the published literature. These were embedded within a co-produced, peer-review toolkit which was piloted by SH commissioners and key stakeholders from four local authorities. The pilot focussed on delivery of local chlamydia screening programmes.
Results Several key clinical and structural issues were identified through the SLI approach including low coverage, the potential to improve partner notification outcomes, low re-testing rates, threats from a reduction in spend and unclear governance. These have been put into a local action plan to focus and drive quality improvement activities. The impact of the action plans will be the focus of a follow up meeting planned for six months after the final peer review meeting involving wider stakeholders.
Discussion The SLI toolkit offers a systematic approach to evaluating complex programme activities. It was well received locally and helped key stakeholders to gain insight, catalyse self-reflection and prioritise areas for change in order to drive quality and improvement.