Information for suppliers of sexual health services to residents

Following the implementation of section 6C of the NHS Act and the Local Authorities (Public Health Functions and Entry to Premises by Local Healthwatch Representatives) Regulations 2013, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets undertakes specific public health functions on behalf of the Secretary of State. These include ensuring that suitably qualified and CQC registered open access sexual health services are available to residents in the borough.

The council undertakes this by commissioning providers based within Tower Hamlets to provide the following:


  • the giving of advice on contraception
  • the medical examination of persons seeking advice on contraception
  • the treatment of such persons and 
  • the supply of contraceptive substances and appliances.

Treatment of sexually transmitted infections:

  • preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections
  • treating, testing and caring for people with such infections and 
  • notifying sexual partners of people with such infections.

Due to the open access nature of sexual health services, residents may choose to use other providers outside Tower Hamlets – out of area providers.

These out of area providers are not directly commissioned by the council and there is currently only an agreement for the cross charging for Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) services.

The financial terms for the provision of GUM services to residents for the period 1 April, 2014 to 31 March, 2015 are available in the financial terms document and for 1 April, 2015 to 31 March, 2016 are available in the financial terms document 2015 2016 and financial terms 2016- 2017 for 1 April, 2016 to 31 March 2017. Please ensure you quote the correct prices according to the year in which care was provided otherwise your invoice will be rejected.

Providers of GUM services who wish to submit an invoice for payment must be registered with the R2P system and fully comply with the process for payment.

Failure to comply with the financial terms outlined and follow the payment process detailed will lead to a rejection of an invoice. No alternative payment terms or mechanisms are available.

Please note all invoices for proceeding financial year must be received by 30 June following the process outlined above. Any invoices received after 30 June will not be considered and will be automatically rejected.