Research at Devon Sexual Health

Research at Devon Sexual Health

Devon Sexual Health clinics are actively involved in clinical research, with the South West Peninsula STI Research Champion based at the service. In recent years the service has recruited past target to its interventional studies. There is a shared ambition across the service to expand the research portfolio, supported by an enthusiastic team.

Information on our current active studies can be found below



SEQUENCE Digital is a five-year programme of research (2020-2025) funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and led by Professor Claudia Estcourt, Glasgow Caledonian University, which aims to provide research evidence to improve sexual health for all in a digital NHS:

Participant Information Sheets and Consent Forms:

Study A – Access:

Participant Information Sheet

Interview Consent Form


Study B – Contact:

Participant Information Sheet

Interview Consent Form


Study C – Pathway

Participant Information Sheet

Consent Form

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Accessing our service during the COVID pandemic

How to access our service:

We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic. Clear advice for people with symptoms of coronavirus is available at .

Advice from our service:

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

More details on the fitting of LARCs (coils and implants) at our service can be found here

If you need the combined contraceptive pill please try (if you can) to get updated measurements of your height, weight and blood pressure before calling us.

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

Self-requested Sexual Health screening by post is available for for under 25s only - more info here

For others with testing requirements please contact the service on 0300 303 3989.

Alternative provision:

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info