What is claimed to be the first guide to commissioning sexual health services was launched today by the Family Planning Association. It uses a 'virtual organisation' - Loamshire health - to guide commissioners through the process, which it argues is more complex than general commissioning because of the wide range of organisations involved, the widely differing demands of users and 'fluctuating' funding. Sefton HA was one of four HAs to take part in a development workshop for the new document. It conducted a survey of 1,600 young people aged 14-25 and found most wanted help and information from counsellors and youth workers. But they expected medical back-up from doctors and nurses to be available.

The FPA's Guide to Commissioning Sexual Health Services. FPA, 2-12 Pentonville Road, London N1 9FP.£9.99.