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 are embedded within the NHS England South East Public Health Commissioning Team and 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 quarterly board meetings for all screening and immunisation programmes.
  • Proactively 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
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Polio and Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib) (DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV)
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Hib/MenC
  • Pre-school booster (DTaP/IPV) and Meningococcal B (MenB)
  • Childhood Seasonal Influenza
School Based Immunisation Programme
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus
  • Polio teenage booster (Td/IPV)
  • Meningococcal ACWY
  • Seasonal Influenza for school years
Adult Immunisation Programme
  • Seasonal Influenza
  • Pneumococcal (PPV)
  • Shingles
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.
Bowel scope screening is currently in a phased roll out offering one flexi-sigmoidoscopy to those aged 55 years. Self-referral up to age 60.
Breast Screening Offered to women aged 50 – 70 every 3 years.
A trial is underway to extend screening to women aged 47 – 73 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
Newborn Screening This is offered to all newborns and includes: Bloodspot Screening, Infant Physical Examination and Hearing Screening

Contact us

Screening and Immunisation Lead Dr John Rodriguez
Screening and Immunisation Managers Paula McLachlan – RGN, RHV
Pamela Njawe – RGN
Screening and Immunisation Coordinators Lisa Pledger – RGN

Sarah Murphy – RGN

Liz Lester – RGN

Screening and Immunisation Business Assistant Sue Donald
Assistant Screening and Immunisation Coordinator Julie Tippett
Screening and Immunisation Business Support Assistant Sheila Haugh

Telephone: 01233 658406

Email: phst@nhs.net

 

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Unvaccinated children who repeatedly fail to attend appointments with their GP

In Kent and Medway, we have commissioned an immunisation service from Kent Community Healthcare Foundation Trust (KCHFT). The Kent Immunisation Service (KIS) provides all school aged vaccinations to children and young people aged 0 – 19 years across Kent and Medway and in addition will be contacting parents/carers of unvaccinated children aged 48 – 51 months old.

They will telephone parents and discuss the immunisation schedule. Parents will be encouraged to either attend a community clinic or book an appointment with their GP.

If you are aware of a child who has an incomplete childhood immunisation schedule, KIS may be able to help. Children can be referred to their service using an Outreach referral form, available from: www.kentcht.nhs.uk/immsreferral

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