Sunday 29 March 2015

Time sensitive searches on SXT

Some things require urgent action.  

In sexual & reproductive health these are:

SXT modified the landing page to reflect client searches.  Of the last 7398 SXT users; 20% were for emergency contraception, 7% because of symptoms, 3% for PEP and 1% because of sexual assault.

If you provide any of these services make sure your profile in SXT is up to date.

If you want to join our mission to improve access to services add a link for SXT on your web page and the SXT logo if you wish too.

All ideas on how we can work together to improve access should be sent to 

Thursday 26 March 2015

Intelligent signposting to sexual and reproductive health services in

SXT Health CIC is a social enterprise with a mission to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services. Its website signposts members of the public to the right SRH service, in the right place, at the right time, and is designed to meet the needs not just of patients, but of providers and commissioners too.  Patients are missing out on time sensitive services, providers find it a challenge to communicate their level of service detail and commissioners have difficulty mapping gaps of provision and marketing services to their population.  

The root cause of the problem is the asymmetry of information and difficulty communicating what services are being offered by day/time and location.  Most of the databases regarding sexual & reproductive health services do not have enough information to reassure patients that they are going to the correct provider.  The result is that many attend the nearest biggest service because they do not want to wait in vain.  Difficulties communicating about service provision lead to bottlenecks at the big clinics whilst other appropriate providers with capacity are being overlooked.

SXT Health CIC has created a robust solution to deal with this problem: works well for patients, and it also allows providers to advertise their services with the level of detail required to support intelligent signposting.

The link between the two is a decision tree that converts what the patient needs into information that they can act upon.  For example, if the client has symptoms that could be due to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and they use and select ‘Same day results (problems)’, they will be directed to those services that offer microscopy and can give them a more accurate diagnosis on the day. also distinguishes between simple & complex STI treatment so that clients visit a provider who can accurately treat their infection.  

This decision tree supports higher risk clients (such as men who have sex with men) by ensuring that they are directed to those clinics that can offer HIV point of care tests, triple site testing and Hepatitis B vaccination.  

It can also support signposting to more specialist services such as Transgender and Fetish clinics as well as support online HIV testing initiatives or flag new problems affecting the community such as Shigella causing severe diarrhoea.

For the provision of emergency contraception, always promotes the best treatment which is the copper intrauterine device and can direct the women to the nearest open provider; however, it also knows which services offer Levonorgestrel (effective <72hrs) and Ulipristal acetate (effective <120hrs) so that a client who opts for a hormonal method is directed to the most appropriate local provider. uses the decision tree to categorize contraception by its efficacy.  Under the most effective methods (typical failure rate < 3/100 per year) it provides information and sign posts to local services for implants, the intrauterine system / device and injectable methods.

Pills / Patch / Ring have their own category because they are the most popular method of contraception and their failure rate is 8/100 per year with typical use.  The least effective methods (> 8/100 per year failure rate) have their own category with information about these methods and, if appropriate, where the client can find the service or advice.

Intelligent signposting is key to optimizing access to sexual & reproductive health care services and is the only platform with the necessary level of detail to deliver this requirement.

If you are a provider and would like to help improve access to sexual & reproductive health services please visit to join.

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Bringing data to life on – what our analytics can do for providers

SXT Health CIC is a social enterprise with a mission to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services. Its website signposts members of the public to the SRH services. It then stores that information, anonymously, and makes it available to providers so that they can understand how and why their services are being used.

When it comes to marketing your services, it's difficult to predict what the most effective strategy will be. It's not always easy to answer the key questions:
  • Where are our clients coming from?
  • Why did they come to us?
  • Did they get the service they wanted?
It is possible to extract this data from, even though the client is completely anonymous.  SXT Health CIC is committed to providing its stakeholders with high quality information, so that together we can improve access to services.
For providers, analytics and clinic feedback pages have been created.  The analytics page shows what services clients have looked for and which provider they chose.  It is possible to see this in two formats: as a heat map or listed chronologically.  All this data can be downloaded for in depth analysis too.

The video below shows how each provider can see how they are supporting access to sexual & reproductive health services.

If you are a provider and would like to help improve access to sexual & reproductive health services please visit to join.

Wednesday 18 March 2015

Filling the Gap – what can do for health commissioners

SXT Health CIC is a social enterprise with a mission to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services. Its website signposts members of the public to the right SRH service, in the right place, at the right time, and is designed to meet the needs not just of patients, but of providers and commissioners too.

For health commissioners, real-time gap analysis is essential to understand who is doing what, where and when. To deliver high quality gap analysis it is important that:
1. all sexual & reproductive health services are in one database
2. the same database can be reviewed as a map & a list of providers
3. the provider list can be filtered by the services provided
4. the services can be filtered by location & the hours of service can provide real-time gap analysis and commissioners can apply for access to a special login that provides the level of oversight cited above. Once high quality real-time information is available it is then possible to commission services where there are gaps.

The database is growing all the time and the flexibility of this tool supports providers in keeping their data up to date. As more commissioners and providers engage with it is possible to enter a virtuous cycle where the service can develop in line with local intelligence about demand and other public health indices. The analytics dashboard for commissioners enables them to set filter (A) by the area of the search, service group and date ranges. It is also possible to see real-time use (B) of and identify when a client used the service, what they were looking for and which provider they chose. Feedback about (C) and confirmation that the client received the service can also be seen on this dashboard.

If you would like to login to as a commissioner please email

Monday 16 March 2015 – The best way to find time sensitive services that are open now

SXT Health CIC is a social enterprise with a mission to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services. Its website signposts members of the public to the right SRH service, in the right place, at the right time, and is designed to meet the needs not just of patients, but of providers and commissioners too.

There are three time sensitive services which excels at providing local information for:
  • Emergency contraception
  • PEP following HIV exposure
  • Treatment following  sexual assault
Accessing these services is supported by quick buttons on the website's home page.
The client only needs to add the first part of their postcode or use the 'locate me' function on their smartphone to see what is open & local.
Time sensitive service information in under a minute

If your service is not in and you provide one of these services please visit the site to join today. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday 11 March 2015 - a platform tailor-made for sexual and reproductive healthcare providers is the only provider-run database of sexual and reproductive healthcare. We have used our own on-the-job experience to create a platform which meets the needs of the people who work in this area of healthcare, tackles some of the day to day frustrations they face, and is easy for them to use and incorporate into their management practices. Here's how we've done it ..

Four years ago, we launched SXT as a simple SMS service; however, the lack of flexibility with text messages, especially when compared to smartphones, pushed us into developing a web service, which then became mobile friendly for clients in August 2013. In February 2015, we turned into a mobile friendly website for providers too.

The information technology hurdle
The problem of out-of-date internet browsers on computers across the NHS has been one of the biggest barriers to providers joining and using effectively.  Those who signed up to and used the site early had to use their computer at home to do so because their work software did't function properly.  In 2012 we used a Google chrome patch to try and make the site work on Internet Explorer 6 but few members of staff would download it because they thought that they would need administrator rights.  Internet Explorer 7 is better and so are early versions of Firefox but still does not look its best on these older browsers.  

Going mobile means that staff can use the computers that they carry around in their pocket to bypass the limitations of their computers at work.  The first step for all providers is to see if their service has already been uploaded to from NHS Choices or other databases.  The minute-long video below shows the simple steps to check our database.  If you are already on the website then please claim your service so that you can edit your hours of operation, services and profile.  If you are not, then you will see the simple steps to register and join.

Registering in

The Time Barrier
If you work in a busy service it might, at first, be difficult to see the benefit of taking the time to join   After all, services already have a plethora of requests from commissioners, NHS bodies and other organisations (GMFA, THT, NAT and others) asking for a paper or electronic copy of the hours of operation, services, the types of clients being seen ... so why on earth should you join another information service?  But is not just another information service asking for the same, it is the chance to stop all the duplication and sharing of partial information about provision described above. has been designed for providers to simply and accurately capture the details of their service.  Once they have been added, your details are visible not just to clients, but to all the other organisations requesting it.  Upload the data just once, so that it can be used many times, without you wasting time repeating the task.  It's simple to update your details, and this information can be shared either as a print out or via the SXT application programming interface that enables the database to share service information in real-time.

It takes less than a minute to register with SXT, another minute to apply to add a provider or outreach venue (see first video below) and less than 20 minutes to add details for a complex service and go live (see second video below).

Entering provider details on

Going live on

Keeping up to date
The mobile version of is now a super quick way to keep up to date.  Once you log in to on your mobile phone you can add the web page to your home screen.  Your mobile phone will remember the login details and consequently you will be able to see your service(s) with a touch of one icon.  As you can see from the video above it is as simple as checking a box to add a service, change hours of service or close for a day.

Enough already
Some providers may have concerns that marketing services on will attract more clients, when they are already having difficulty seeing the patients who currently attend.  Many services see patients with a diverse set of needs and a sizable fraction could be seen at another time or by another provider.

Equitable access is the aspiration of all providers; however, there are some patients who need to take priority because they require time sensitive services (such as emergency contraception or PEP), they are under 16 years of age or they have painful symptoms (e.g. the first episode of anogenital herpes).  As a health care system we need to ensure that we match capacity with demand to meet the needs described above. The best way to do this is to ensure that patients know which local services can meet their needs.  It is a system failure when patients who want a simple test wait hours and bottle neck around a service, making it difficult for a patient who needs a priority service to be seen. has been designed for all providers of sexual & reproductive health services.  It does not matter if the service is online, a 100 hour pharmacy, a once a week outreach clinic or a seven day a week university hospital provider, meets needs across the network of provision.  It is only by communicating all services effectively to patients that we can distribute the work appropriately and optimize access to services. If you agree, and want to support our work, please visit and join.

Wednesday 4 March 2015

What can do for clients, providers, commissioners and public health

SXT Health CIC is a social enterprise with a mission to improve access to sexual & reproductive health services. It has created - a mobile enabled website with a lot to offer to clients, providers, commissioners and pubic health.

Clients has been designed first and foremost for clients - to help them find the right health service in the right place at the right time.  

The website works on all machines regardless of their screen size, and, thanks to responsive programming, it also works on mobile phones without the client needing to download an App.  

It is possible for the client to share pages from the website by email or SMS to, for example, inform a partner of available services. This can be done anonymously if the client wishes. Finally, there is a slide out feedback form so that clients can score the SXT service. This is currently completed by 8.5% of clients and 81% give a score of eight or more out of ten.


Changes have been made to the ‘back end’ of the website to help providers overcome some of the IT difficulties they may encounter at work, e.g. with older internet browsers.  Firstly, providers can sign up and edit their SXT pages, quickly and simply, on a smartphone.  

Providers can use their page on as a flexible advert, giving up to the minute information on opening times, services available, how/whether to book, and how best to travel to them. They can give different staff management rights over the page. And they can access analytics on how/why their services are being used, as well as feedback from clients.


It is difficult to appreciate where there are gaps in service and yet this information is key to optimize commissioning.  Gap analysis is available in real-time within, so that commissioners can view client use and providers chosen, with an oversight of provision that can be filtered by service, hours of operation and location.  

The impact of targeted marketing can be visualized in, where it is possible to see usage for a specific location and providers chosen, to determine client behaviour.  Like for providers, this information can be downloaded in formats that support analysis in separate software to inform and develop future programs.

Public health

This is a confidential service for all users, but it is possible to, anonymously, follow the client's journey through the website - from digital public health advert, to finding a provider, right through to whether they received a service, which they can rate with a simple thumbs up | thumbs down.  

The anonymous digital end-to-end tracking makes it possible for the first time to calculate an objective return on investment for public health marketing campaigns.

To fins out more, please visit, or watch this 5 minute film.