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NHS task force tackles sexual assaults

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Health professionals are being polled on how to improve services the NHS provides for women and girls who have suffered from violence and sexual assault.

They are being asked for their views on delivery, commissioning and partnership working in a consultation organised by a DH task force.

Key delivery areas will include staff awareness, early identification of problems, access to healthcare services and maximising NHS resources.

Commissioning will focus on the assessment of needs and buying services from non-NHS providers, while partnerships cover information sharing and service-level agreements and protocols.

Ann Keen, health minister, said: ‘We know that victims of violence can find it easier to seek help from trusted health professionals, and that is why we want health and public-sector professionals to tell us what they think of the service provided by the NHS and how it might be improved.

‘This will form a valuable contribution to a cross-Government strategy, to be published later this year, which aims to ensure that all frontline services work closely together to reduce violence against women and girls and provide the best possible support to victims.’

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