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
  • 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
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
Lisa Pledger – RGN
Screening and Immunisation Coordinators Lisa Pledger – RGN
Liz Lester – RGN
Sarah Baker
Amenda Wright – RGN, SCPHN
Julie Tippett
Assistant Screening and Immunisation Coordinator to be recruited
Screening and Immunisation Business Assistant Sue Donald

Telephone: 01303 228899

Email: phst@nhs.net

Useful resources

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

Page updated: 22 February 2021