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Awarded preferred bidder status to continue delivering children's services in Brighton and Hove
10 October 2016

We are awarded preferred bidder status to continue delivering children’s services in Brighton & Hove

We have been appointed as the preferred bidder for the 0-19 Public Health Community Nursing Service for children/young people aged 0-19 in Brighton & Hove following a competitive procurement run by Brighton & Hove City Council.

As the existing provider of the Healthy Child Programme provided by our health visitors and school nurses in the city, we have been awarded preferred bidder status for the new three year contract, with an option for an additional two years. The contract will start on 1 April 2017.

The proposal would create a more integrated service, bringing together health visiting, school nurses, and youth services into a single service. There would also be additional investment in digital technology, and a new team working with ‘teenage and vulnerable families’.

Siobhan Melia, our Chief Executive, said:

“I am delighted that we are now the preferred bidder 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 the city.”

“This decision shows the high-regard in which this service is held. It is a testament to the hard work, passion and dedication of all staff.”

A Brighton & Hove City Council spokesperson said:

“Delivery of a new city-wide 0-19 Public Health Community Nursing Service is due to start in April.

“We have undertaken a procurement process in line with our legal obligations to find a contractor to deliver this service, and we can confirm that the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is now our preferred bidder.

“Their appointment as contractor is subject to the approval of the city’s Health and Wellbeing Board, which will consider the matter when it meets in November, and upon completion of appropriate legal agreements.”