The English HIV & Sexual Health Commissioners’ Group

The English HIV and Sexual Health Commissioners’ Group (EHSHCG) is a peer network run by commissioners for commissioners. It aims to provide a strategic forum for those with commissioning responsibility for HIV, sexual health and reproductive services, for improved population and patient level outcomes in sexual health and HIV in England.

The EHSHCG provides an important space for commissioners to meet, network and work together to improve the commissioning and delivery of integrated services and strategies locally. As well as this, the EHSHCG supports sector-led improvement (SLI) by promoting and facilitating SLI approaches to improve and challenge commissioning practice for HIV, sexual health and reproductive health services in England.

The EHSHCG is supported by funding from the Local Government Association (LGA) and secretarial support from the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH).

EHSHCG Membership and Governance

The Group is governed by an Executive Committee, made up of a maximum of 18 members representing each of the eight regions of England (North East, North West, West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, South West, South East, London). The role of the Executive is to enable the EHSHCG to deliver its objectives, terms of reference, workplan and deliverables. A Chair and two Vice Chairs are elected from within the Executive Committee. The term of office for the whole Committee is three years and there is no limit to the number of terms members may run for. Click here to view a list of the current Executive members.
Click here to view the EHSHCG’s Terms of Reference (last updated: January 2021).

Membership is open and free to all commissioners of HIV, sexual health and reproductive health services in England. The benefits of membership include:

  • Invitations to quarterly national meetings with commissioners from around the country, to discuss the latest opportunities and challenges in the sector
  • Access to an online forum on Knowledge Hub for the safe sharing of resources and peer support between commissioners
  • Opportunity to feed in views to policy and strategy discussions at the national level
Commissioning bodies represented in the membership include: local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), commissioning support units, NHS England and NHS Improvement, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID).

EHSHCG Events

All members are invited to attend the quarterly Full Group Meeting. These are currently being held remotely. The next virtual meeting will be held on: Wednesday 8 December (09:00-12:30). Contact commissioners@adph.org.uk to register your interest in attending.
The Executive Committee meets on a quarterly basis. The next meeting will be on: Wednesday 12 January 2022 (11:00-13:00).

EHSHCG Resources