NHS England and NHS Improvement Kent and Medway Screening and Immunisation Team

What we do

The Kent and Medway Screening and Immunisation Team (KMSIT) work to ensure Kent and Medway’s NHS screening and immunisation programmes are coordinated, safe, effective and accessible.

We provide clinical support for the commissioning of high quality national screening and immunisation programmes.

The team work with providers and stakeholders to:

  • Ensure that the Screening and Immunisation programmes:
    • meet the needs of our eligible population
    • provide the highest levels of quality, safety and efficiency
    • meet minimum standards and strive for excellence.
  • Review coverage and coordinate interventions to address inequalities.
  • Identify and assess service risks, including managing incidents and ensuring shared learning is identified and promoted.
  • Organise and chair regular board meetings for all screening and immunisation programmes.
  • Work with partners to engage patients/public to participate and contribute to service development.
  • Review complaints and compliments.
  • Raise the profile and awareness of screening and immunisation programmes via a coordinated and consistent approach.
  • Provision of data to key stakeholders and providers.

NHS Immunisation Programmes covered by the team

Childhood Immunisation Programme
  • Hexavalent vaccine – primary vaccination (DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV)
  • Rotavirus
  • Meningococcal B (MenB)
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Hib/MenC
  • Pre-school booster (DTaP/IPV)
  • Childhood Seasonal Influenza
School Based Immunisation Programme
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and polio (teenage booster Td/IPV)
  • Meningococcal ACWY
  • Seasonal Influenza for school years
Adult Immunisation Programme
  • Seasonal Influenza
  • Pneumococcal (PPV)
  • Shingles
  • COVID-19
Immunisations for those at risk
  • Neonatal Hepatitis B
  • Neonatal BCG (TB)
  • Prenatal Pertussis
  • Seasonal Influenza

Cancer Screening Programmes covered by the team

Bowel Cancer Screening Offered to men and women aged 60 – 74 every 2 years.
Breast Screening Offered to women aged 50 – 70 every 3 years.
Cervical Screening Offered to women aged 25 – 49 every 3 years and to women aged 50 – 64 every 5 years

Non-Cancer Screening Programmes covered by the team

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Offered to all men in their 65th year. Men over this age are able and encouraged to self-refer
Diabetic Eye Screening Offered annually to all people with type 1 or type 2 Diabetes from the age of 12
Antenatal Screening This is offered to all pregnant women and includes screening for:
Infectious diseases, Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia, Fetal Anomaly and Down’s Syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome
Newborn Screening This is offered to all newborns and includes: Bloodspot Screening, Newborn and Infant Physical Examination and Hearing Screening

Contact us

Email: phst@nhs.net

Useful resources

Children and young people who have missed immunisations

The Kent and Medway school aged immunisation service delivers school-aged immunisations in schools and community clinics. In addition, the service offers immunisation to children and young people who have previously missed their immunisations. If you are aware of a child or young person, up to their 20th birthday, who has an incomplete childhood immunisation schedule they can be referred to the service using an online referral form, available from: www.kentcht.nhs.uk/immsreferral

For further information please contact the service directly, either by telephone: 0300 123 5205 or by email kchft.cyp-immunisationteam@nhs.net

Page updated: October 2021