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04 April 2018

School and community immunisation service expands across Sussex

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) will now provide its successful school and community immunisation service for ages 0–19 across the whole of Sussex.

The Trust, which also provides community services in clinics, hospitals and in people’s homes, will be the only provider of immunisations at schools in Brighton and Hove and across the rest of Sussex.

After a competitive process the Trust, which has over 5,000 staff and is based at Brighton General Hospital, was awarded the £1.2 million per year contract.

Its immunisation nurses will provide childhood influenza, HPV and other school-based immunisations to school children between the ages of 5 and 19. The service will also provide catch up immunisation services for children under 5-years-of-age.

Siobhan Melia, chief executive of SCFT, said: “We are really pleased that the hard work of our teams has been recognised and that we’re leading the school and community immunisation service across the whole county.

“It shows that we’ve been doing a good job and that we are looking to the future, helping our communities stay healthy and reducing the pressure on the wider NHS.”

Rosanna Raven, Immunisation Clinical Nurse Manager, said: “The whole immunisation team is delighted that their hard work and professionalism has been recognised.

“We are looking forward to working with our East Sussex colleagues and meeting the challenges that providing a specialist immunisation service to the whole of Sussex will bring.”

SCFT had previously run school and immunisation services in Brighton and Hove and West Sussex.

The Trust has also announced today that it will be the main provider of Children and Young Person's Community Nursing for West Sussex, after commissioners backed its bid to expand.