Nursing and immunisation services in the borough’s schools will be supplied by a new organisation from 1 October 2015, Hounslow Council has announced.
The Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH) has been appointed to deliver the nursing service, in order to improve the health, well-being and safety of children and young people between the ages of five and 19. The Trust aims to work with children and their families to offer a range of services including parenting advice, advocacy and public health promotion.
And, in a new move aimed at ensuring a more seamless service for local families, CLCH will also deliver immunisation services to school aged children.
The procurement of the joint service was undertaken by the West London Alliance in conjunction with NHS England.
Cllr Ed Mayne, Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, explained: “Keeping local children fit and well is, without question, one of the council’s highest priorities, so we’ve been through an extensive process to select the best possible team to deliver the school health services. I’m pleased to welcome the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust to Hounslow and I look forward to working with them to make sure that our young people are given the healthiest possible start in life.”
Shelley Heffernan, Clinical Directorate for Quality and Leadership at CLCH said: “Young people growing up in London face significant challenges and through providing the best possible care, our school nurses can make a real difference to their health and wellbeing. We’re extremely proud to be providing our school nursing services in Hounslow, expanding CLCH’s work further in this area.”
CCLCH will take responsibility for these services from Hounslow and Richmond Community Health Council NHS Trust on 1 October, and from that date the existing staff will become CLCH employees under the Transfer of Undertaking, Protection of Employment (TUPE) regulations.