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We're awarded contract to continue delivering children's services in West Sussex
03 January 2017

We're awarded contract to continue delivering children’s services in West Sussex

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has been awarded a contract to provide the 0-19 Public Health Community Nursing Service for families in West Sussex following a competitive procurement run by West Sussex County Council.

SCFT, the existing provider of the Healthy Child Programme (currently health visiting, school nursing and family nurse partnership) has been awarded the new five year contract, with an option for an additional two years. The contract will start on 1 April 2017.

The proposal will create a more integrated service, bringing together health visiting, school nurses, and early help and prevention services into a single model.

The service will be extended to cover children and young people up to the age of 19 and working together in partnership with Barnardo's to provide a new Skills for Life service for people with special educational needs and disabilities aged up to 25 years. There will also be additional investment in digital technologies to improve communication and engagement between young people, parents, carers and professionals.

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that we have been awarded this contract and that the council has backed our vision for the future of this service. We are committed to ensuring that families and young people experience an extensive range of excellent, localised, seamless support and we look forward to working with the council to make this a reality for people in West Sussex. This decision shows the high-regard in which this service is held. It is a testament to the hard work, passion and dedication of our staff.”
 
Christine Field, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said: “We want our children, young people and their families to be healthy, happy, safe and ready for school and for life. Our vision is to have a joined up service, which all residents can access near to home.”